Surrey’s most influential sports people: Movers and Shakers 2013

PUBLISHED: 14:04 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:04 02 July 2013

Roger Black

Roger Black


In recent months, team Surrey Life has been busy speaking to our contributors and industry experts from around the county to get a feel for just who makes Surrey tick

Roger Black

One of Britain’s most successful athletes, Roger Black remains our best ever 400m runner with 15 major championship medals to prove it. Perhaps the greatest highlight of his career, however, was winning silver in the 400m final of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, finishing behind the formidable Michael Johnson. More recently, the Shalford resident was able to share his skills as an ambassador for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics. These days, the 47-year-old’s main focus is running the business he set up with fellow Olympian Steve Backley specialising in transferring Olympic performance into the workplace for businesses. He was awarded the MBE in 1992.

Paul Blanchard

Opened in 2010, the multimillion pound Surrey Sports Park in Guildford boasts some of the best facilities available. At the helm since February 2011 is 47-year-old chief executive Paul Blanchard, who was responsible for hosting 16 Olympic and Paralympic training camps at the venue. Other notable achievements in his career include delivering Surrey County Cricket Club/The Oval’s largest ever sponsorship deal with Brit insurance in 2006 and managing Southampton Football Club’s commercial expansion programme to double turnover when the Club moved premises in 2001.

Cllr Helyn Clack

As the Surrey County Council cabinet member for community services (and formerly the 2012 Games), Cllr Helyn Clack was responsible for co-ordinating Surrey’s successful involvement in the 2012 Olympic Games, including the staging of the cycling events. The 58-year-old Charlwood resident has also worked hard to continue the Olympic legacy through projects such as the P&G Surrey School Games, which has given tens of thousands of children the opportunity to play sport.

Keep on moving

Of course, any such list is subjective and many more could have featured within these pages. Get in touch with your Movers & Shakers, the people who influence how we all live in Surrey, on and and maybe you’ll see them included next time round!

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