29 Sep 2005

Daley ThompsonDaley Thompson CBE may have hung up his spikes on his distinguished track and field career but British Athletics’ man mountain has by no means stepped out of the sporting spotlight altogether.

The dexterous decathlete was the main attraction at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff yesterday (28 September 2005) as the Sports Council for Wales and the Holland House Movement hosted "An Audience with Daley Thompson."

The event was organised to highlight the partnership recently forged between the Council and the grassroots movement for the ethnic community as they aim to bring to light the benefits of sport and physical activity, and attempt to raise participation rates among black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in Wales.

The Sports Council for Wales recognises that there are inequalities faced by different ethnic groups in Wales among a range of different sporting activities. However, through a network of development officers and a host of local and national partnerships, the Sports Council for Wales and the Holland House Movement are working consistently to overcome the barriers faced by BME communities that might serve to discourage participation in physical activity.

And fresh from his London 2012 Ambassador duties, double Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champion, Thompson was on hand to relay tales of his own childhood experiences of sport, spanning sprinting in the schoolyard to when he made his debut in decathlon at the age of 16 in Cwmbran. "My success was made in Wales," he quipped.

Throughout his career, Thompson’s will to succeed has seen him transcend all boundaries and overcome all obstacles. He is still widely regarded as one of the greatest all-round athletes of all time and his winning roll of honour speaks volumes of the impact he has had on athletics, his British team-mates and opponents alike.