Our Team

People of an Olympic standard surround themselves with talented individuals, each with their own area of expertise and together sharing one goal – Success. BackleyBlack take this into the business world. Our specialised trainers are focused on one goal – Your Success. We recognise the role motivation, inspiration and a positive mindset have when striving for peak performance, attributes our skilled trainers use to bring the content of each programme to life. Just as our Olympian partners expected to deliver their maximum, there is an expectation that our training team do the same. It is a mindset and approach that differentiates us and will encourage real sustained change in performance.

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Steve Backley OBE

As one of Britain's most consistent and popular athletes for over a decade, Steve established himself as one of the all time greats of his sport having been ranked in the world's top ten every year between 1989 and 2002. Steve is the only British track and field competitor to win medals at three different Olympic Games. He broke the World Record three times and was crowned 'World Athlete of the Year' by the IAAF in 1990.

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Roger Black MBE

Having represented Great Britain for fourteen years at the highest level in athletics, Roger won fifteen major Championship Medals including European, Commonwealth and World Championship Gold Medals. Roger‘s greatest achievements were winning the Olympic 400 metres Silver Medal in 1996 and being part of the Gold Medal winning 4 x 400 metres relay team at the 1991 World Championships.

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Paul Mallinson

Having spent years in the pharmaceuticals industry as Head of Corporate Training and Development, Paul has since built his own successful training business, working with a broad spectrum of businesses, assisting with Organisation Development and creating tailored development programmes. His engaging and natural style, combined with a focus on the practical application of theory ensures maximum impact from any project.

Other Olympic Partners

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Denise Lewis OBE

Denise won gold at the Sydney Games in 2000 and bronze at Atlanta in1996. She also has two Commonwealth golds, two World Championship silvers and a European Championships gold.

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Daley Thompson CBE

With two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth titles and wins in the World and European Championships, Daley is often considered one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen.

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Sally Gunnell

Sally is the only woman in history to hold all four major track titles concurrently. In 1992 Sally brought home the Gold medal from the Barcelona games and followed her achievements by setting the World record in the 400m hurdles in 1993.

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Kriss Akabusi

Kriss is a three times Olympic medallist as well as being a World, European and Commonwealth champion. He formed part of the world famous 4 x 400 metre relay taking the team across the finish line at the World Championships in 1991. Kris's greatest triumph was securing gold in the 1990 European Championships.

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Danny Crates

Danny won bronze in the 400m at the Sydney Paralympics 2000 and gold over 800m at the Athens Paralympics in 2004.

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Katharine Merry

Katharine won a bronze medal in the 400 metres at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

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Giles Long MBE

Giles won a gold, silver and bronze at the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996, two golds and one silver at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000 and a bronze at the Athens Paralympics in 2004.