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Celebrity Drawings by John Moss

Manchester Sports & Olympic Champions


Olympic Swimming Champion

Stephen Parry

(b. 1977)
Born on 2nd March 1977 in Manchester, Stephen Parry is one the
country’s most successful swimmers. He won a bronze medal in
the 200 metres butterfly event at the Athens Olympics in 2004,
having already won silver in that event and bronze in the 4
x 200 metres freestyle relay at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester
in 2002. He is the holder of several British and European records.
Stephen is rated as one of Britain’s greatest ever swimmers
and earned himself eleven major medals in a career spanning
over 10 years, at the European championships as well representing
his country at the World championships. Now retired from competition,
Stephen remains committed to the sport of swimming and encouraging
both novice and champions swimmers at his club, Stockport Metro,
and across the country through his organisation, TotalSwimming

Sir Chris Hoy

Olympic Track Cycling Champion

Chris Hoy

(b. 1976)
Chris Hoy is an Olympic Games gold and silver medallist and
an Olympic and World record holder. Born on 23 March 1976 in
Edinburgh, and a keen BMX cyclist as a boy, he left Moray House
School of Education (University of Edinburgh) with a degree
in sports science in 1999. Career highlights and accolades include
seven times World Champion, European Champion, two times Commonwealth
Champion. In the 2005 New Year’s Honours list, Hoy was awarded
an MBE for services to cycling. Chris won Gold in the 1 kilometre
time trial on the opening day of track competition in Athens
2004 to give the Team GB Cycling team a tremendous boost. Four
years previously, he had taken Silver in the team sprint with
Craig Maclean and Jason Queally in Sydney 2000 at his first
Olympic games. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics he won 3 gold medals
in cycling events, a feat he repeated in the London 2012 Olympiad.
Later that year he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year
and in the New Years Honours List, he was awarded a knighthood
– now Sir Christopher Hoy MBE. Chris currently lives in Salford.

Steven Burke

Olympic Team Cycling Champion

Steven Burke

(b. 1988)
Steven Burke was born on 4th March 1988 in Burnley and is a
resident of Colne, Lancashire. Part of a cycling family where
his mother rode for team GBR, Olympic Cyclist Steven Burke took
the bronze medal in the individual pursuit in Beijing 2008.
Steven had previously won Gold in team pursuit in round 4 of
2008 World Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark. Recently opened a new
state-of-the-art fitness centre at Nelson & Colne College,
which was also was named after him. Steven had been a former
student at the college.

Rebecca Romera

Olympic Rowing Champion

Rebecca Romera

(b. 1980)
Born on 24 January 1980 in Carshalton, Rebecca Romera, currently
a Manchester resident, was originally a rower, before turning
her specialisation to cycling. Olympic silver medallist in the
quadruple sculls at Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Romera went on
to take the silver medal in the women’s individual pursuit event
at the 2007 World Championships in Mallorca. Rebecca had taken
up rowing by chance when she was aged seventeen and joined the
Kingston Rowing Club where she progressed from novice to Under-23
international in eight months and finished fifth in the quadruple
sculls at the World Championships in 2001 and 2002. After racing
doubles in 2003 she returned to the quad in Olympic year to
take the silver medal. In 2005 her crew took revenge for the
Olympic defeat winning the World Championship Gold medal in
Gifu Japan. After a break due to injury, she decided to retire
from rowing and turned her attention to cycling. She won her
first race to become British Champion and made the World Championship
team in 2007. She has a degree in Sports Science and English
and a diploma in Marketing Communications.

Bradley Wiggins OBE

Olympic Cycling Champion

Bradley Wiggins

(b. 1980)
Born in Ghent in Belgium on 28th April 1980, Chorley resident
Bradley Wiggins was brought up in London and followed in his
father’s footsteps when he took up cycling. It was the success
of Chris Boardman in Barcelona which inspired the 12 year old
Wiggins to take up the sport. Within six years he had become
World Junior Pursuit champion and then turned professional.
In 2003 Bradley really hit the headlines with victory in the
World Championships 4km Individual Pursuit (and silver in the
Team Pursuit). Then in Athens he won the gold medal. In 2004
he received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list. In 2006 he
raced in the Tour de France and was appointed London’s Cycling
Ambassador. He went on to take two gold medals at the UCI World
Track Championships in Palma, Mallorca. Victories in the Individual
Pursuit and Team Pursuit. In the 2008 Olympics he participated
in the Individual Pursuit, the Men’s Madison and Team Pursuit
races, a winning gold medallist and a new world record for the

Ben Ainslie

Olympic Champion Yachtsman

Ben Ainslie

(b. 1977)
Born in Macclesfield on 5th February 1977 Ben Ainslie is Britain’s
most successful Olympic sailor, together with 1960s/70s Olympian
Rodney Pattison. In 2008, Ben won his third successive Olympic
gold medal, and fourth Olympic medal in Beijing. He will be
just 31 years old. Ben is the youngest British Olympic sailing
medallist, he was only 19 when he made his Olympic debut in
the Laser class at the Centennial games in 1996 in Atlanta.
By the time he arrived at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 he
had already won the Laser World Championship in 1998 and 1999.
Ben has won eight World and European Championships in his sailing
career to date, been crowned ISAF World Sailor of the Year in
1998 and 2002, and four times won British Yachtsman of the Year.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics he won a gold medal in the Heavy
Weight Dinghy Finn event.

Keri-Anne Payne

European Swimming &
World Aquatics Champion

Keri-Anne Payne

(b. 19870
Keri-Anne Payne was actually born in Johannesburg, South Africa
on the 9th December 1987 but currently lives in Heywood, Lancashire,
trains under Sean Kelly and swims for Stockport Metros at the
Grand Central Pool in Stockport. She had previously been a swimming
partner with Stephen Parry (see above), whom she cites as a
major influence in her career. Although Keri had swum since
early childhood and gathered a sizeable collection of trophies
and wins in the sport, it was at the tender age of 14 that she
made her first real foray into the books at the European Championships
and World School Championships in 2002, as well as notable World
Cup gold medals in Melbourne and Shanghai in that same year.
She had also won gymnastics and netball awards as a youngster.
Her first senior international meet and gold medal win in Freestyle
was at the European Short Course Championships in 2004. But
she came to a wider public attention when she won a silver medal
over 10 kilometres at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.
At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, held in Rome, as part
of the GB British Gas Team, she won the 10 kilometres open water
race, finishing first to take a Gold medal in a time of two
hours, one minute and 37.1 seconds. Keri-Anne’s website:

Beth Tweddle

British, European & World Champion Gymnast

Beth Tweddle, Olympic Gymnast

(b. 1985)
Elizabeth “Beth” Kimberly Tweddle was born on 1 April
1985. Tweddle became the World Champion on the floor exercise
at the O2 Arena in London in October 2009, and was the 2006
World Champion and European Champion on the uneven bars. Tweddle
was the first gymnast from Britain ever to win a medal at the
World and European Championships, and is considered to be the
most successful British gymnast of all time. She has also been
British National Champion seven times, having won the title
every consecutive year between 2001 and 2007. Although she was
born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the family moved to live
in Bunbury, Cheshire, where she grew up. She had been bitterly
disappointed when she had to withdraw from the 2008 Olympics
in Beijing as a result of a rib injury, but is flying high with
expectation for a major medal win in the forthcoming 2012 London
Olympics before a ‘home’ crowd.


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