Drawings by John Moss
& Olympic Champions of the North-West
Stephen Parry was actually born in Liverpool but currently lives
in north Manchester, and shares a house in the district with
fellow swimmer, Adrian Turner.
In the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Parry won a Bronze Medal,
coming third in the 200 metres Men's Butterfly event, and also
became the first British swimmer to win an Olympic medal since
the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Much to his delight,
he received the award from the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.
He was ranked only sixth when he arrived in Athens and only
just qualified - in 16th place. He is a member of Stockport
Swimming Club, and does most of his training there. His Olympic
performance also set a new Commonwealth record. We look forward
to his career with great anticipation.
In the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics Parry won Britain's first
Olympic swimming medal in eight years in 200 metres butterfly,
having been beaten into 4th place at Sydney four years earlier.
Parry retired from competitive swimming in 2005. Subsequently
he joined up with former training partner Adrian Turner to create
Total Swimming, a swimming programme for training young people.
He briefly hosted his own Sunday afternoon programme on BBC
Radio Merseyside before joining BBC Sport as part of their team
covering the swimming at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
& IBF World Boxing Champion
The former Bolton Smithills School pupil, Amir Iqbal Khan, who
began fighting out of the Bury Amateur Club, came to public
attention at the Athens Olympics in 2004, while he was still
a student in Bolton.
Great Britain's sole boxing representative, he had devised an
intensive training plan and was in tiptop shape when the lightweight
preliminaries kicked off.
In June 2004, at the age of 17, he had already won the world
junior lightweight crown in South Korea after five fights in
seven days. His Olympic qualification tournament in Bulgaria
in April followed his Gold Medal at the European Championships
in Lithuania. Khan won the best boxer award at all three events
and was compared to his idol, Olympic legend Muhammad Ali.
Khan remained quietly modest about his prospects and achievements,
but his father, Shajaad, a local Bolton scrap dealer, admitted
to shedding a proud tear as Amir became the youngest Briton
ever to win an Olympic boxing medal.
In the 2004 Olympic Final match in August he won the Silver
medal in the lightweight division losing to the reigning Olympic
Champion, Cuban Mario Kindelan. He has subsequently turned professional
and his boxing career seems for the time being to be in its
ascendancy as he has systematically snatched up almost every
award on the way. Khan currently works as an ambassador for
The National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children and
has donated over £1,000,000 of his own money into funding
the Gloves Community Centre & Boxing Gym in Bolton. This
world light welterweight champion is now hailed as one of Britain's
most influential muslims and was one of the youngest British
world champions ever, winning the WBA light welterweight title
at age 22.
Turning professional in 2008, he quickly went on to become WBA
World Champion in 2009. In December 2011 in a controversial
bout he lost both his WBA and IBF titles to Lamont Peterson
with a split decision victory, which followed an appeal by Khan
and requests for a rematch - watch this space!
Born in Blackburn on 1st July 1966, Carl Fogarty made his
debut motorcycle race at Aintree in 1983 in the Formula 500
class - he finished 2nd and was subsequently disqualified.
He would soon be recognised as one of the world's greatest motorbike
riders and arguably the best ever from Britain and remained
a major box office attraction of the World Superbike championship
throughout the 1980s and 90s - a championship that he has won
a record four times, among many other world crowns and honours.
A devoted family man, Carl has retained his roots in the Lancashire
town of Blackburn, where he still lives with wife Michaela and
his two daughters.
his newly published autobiography, charts his life from shy,
awkward teenager to self-assured celebrity, detailing the dangers
of his sport, personal tragedies, the hell raising years and
the big money deals that have made him a multimillionaire. Amongst
a string of championships honours were included:
Formula One Championship - 1988, 1989
Endurance Champion - 1992
Superbike Champion - 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999
2000 Carl retired from World Superbike Racing following an accident
in Australia and in 2002-2003 he became team owner of Foggy
Cycling Team & Olympic Champion
Born in Great Heywood, Staffordshire on the 11th May 1970, Jason
Queally has become one of the best-known British Cycling Champions
of the modern age. He had initially graduated in Biological
Science from Lancaster University, where he represented British
Universities at water polo.
A current resident of Chorley, Lancashire, Queally first came
to wider public attention at the Sydney Olympics, where he continued
the path set by former champion, Chris Boardman, to become probably
the most recognised and celebrated cyclist in the country. He
was also a key member of the Olympic Sprint team, and has one
Olympic and two world silver medals at the discipline.
At the age of 25 he took to cycling seriously after completing
a course at the Manchester Velodrome. Here he joined Manchester
Track League, and in 1996 he decided to ride full-time. He immediately
went on to win the silver medal in the 1 kilometre time trial
at the National Track Championships. In 1998 he won the Silver
medal in the 1km time trial at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala
In 2000 he won Britain's first gold medal of the Sydney Olympics
in the 1km time trial.
Jason was also key member of the England squad at the 2002 Commonwealth
Games in Manchester, where he won Silver Medals at 1Km and in
the Team Sprint. He missed the 2002 World Championships following
a viral infection, but, in 2003 and by now back on top form,
he recorded some impressive 1Km race times on the way to seventh
in the world championships and a silver at the Olympic trials.
In 2004, as part of the Great Britain Team Sprint Trio Team
he won a Bronze Medal in the World Championships.
& England Rugby Union Team Captain
Born William Blackledge in Preston on Sunday 9th March 1952,
Bill Beaumont became one of England's best-known rugby union
players. He first played in the Fylde first team, where he became
a leading light, and played for the County Team from 1972, when
Lancashire won the county championships. Beaumont was at that
time, England's most capped lock forward (with 34 caps - 21
as captain) and longest serving captain.
He was awarded an OBE in the 1982 New Year's Honours. He played
for England from 1975 until injury forced him to retire, aged
29, in 1982.
For many years he was coach for the Fylde team and was the longest
serving contestant on BBC Television's "A Question of Sport".
Beaumont now runs his own textiles business and represents England
on the International Rugby Board. He was British & Irish
Lions Tour Manager for 2005.
Tom Finney OBE, CBE
North End FC & England Footballer
Tom Finney was born in Preston in April 1922, near Deepdale
football ground where he was to emerge as the town's leading
and possibly most celebrated ever football player.
He became a professional football player at Preston in the dark
days of 1940, and his whole career thereafter was to be dedicated
to Preston North End Football Club.
made his debut for Preston in August 1946 at the age of 24 and
by this time was already a well known player having made his
name in wartime soccer competitions including the cup final
of 1941 against Arsenal.
entire club career would be spent solely at Preston where he
played in 433 games, having scored 187 goals.
From the outset, Finney demonstrated outstanding skills as a
centre forward and as a winger during the 1940s and 50s. Intensely
private and modest on and off the pitch, he always played with
exemplary good manners, and in the fourteen seasons that he
played for Preston North End, never once received a booking.
was the first player to be named Footballer of the Year twice
- in 1954 and 1957.
made 76 appearances as an international for England, scoring
30 goals during that time, before injuries forced him to retire
from playing at the age of 38. He made his last professional
appearance in 1960. In 1961 he was awarded the OBE, followed
by the CBE in 1992 and a knighthood in 1998.
Tom has maintained an active involvement with Preston North
End FC to this day and is now president of the club, and in
honour to his loyalty and skill, the stadium bears his name.