BRITISH OLYMPIC APPEAL, WEST MIDLANDS REGION, 1981-84

Before UK Sport was created in 1996 to distribute Lottery funding for our elite sportsmen and sportswomen, our Olympic team was largely funded by a 4-yearly public appeal. 


While a trainee solicitor in Birmingham in 1981, I took on the role of Honorary Secretary for the West Midlands  branch of the 1984 British Olympic Appeal. 


Our region was set what was considered a challenging target of £25,000, and we delivered 5x that. 


In addition to administering the region’s appeal, I personally created and ran a sponsored swimming event for all the schoolchildren in the West Midlands, winning support from major sponsors, and working with celebrity sportsmen, David Moorcroft and Adrian Moorhouse. 

 

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