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Daley Thompson

Athletics - Decathlon

Daley Thompson claims more decathlon honours than anybody before or after him. He was the first person ever to hold the World, Olympic, Commonwealth and European titles at the same time, as well as the World Record. He was unbeaten in competition for 9 years.

He was Olympic Champion in 1980 and 1984, World Champion in 1983, European Champion in 1982 and 1986 and Commonwealth Champion in 1978, 1982, and 1986 and he set four World Records (8648 in 1980, 8730 and 8774 in 1982 and 8847 in his Olympic triumph in Los Angeles in 1984). He was simply the world’s greatest decathlete, drawing on a competitive attitude and ability that was unparalleled. Daley had an exuberant character on and off the track and such was his success and popularity made athletics front page news.

He retired from athletics in 1992 as a result of injury, and went on to play football for Wimbledon and Mansfield Town FC. He was awarded the MBE in 1982, an OBE in 1986 and advanced to CBE in 2000, and was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1982. Daley’s post athletics career involves a number of activities including:

  • Client hospitality 
  • Boardroom breakfasts/lunches 
  • Staff team building programme 
  • Corporate activity days 
  • Bespoke hospitality 
  • Team coaching 
  • Fitness and conditioning


Daley was a leading ambassador for the winning London 2012 Olympic bid. He focused on highlighting the benefits that hosting the Olympics would bring to education and sport in schools, and he played a key role lobbying the international IOC members right down to the final vote in Singapore. Daley is also involved with two major charities, Laureus Sport for Good and Barnardo’s. He is an active supporter and works with both charities to promote their good work.

He spends his leisure time being run around by his five children. 

Daley's testimonials

The Sports Council for Wales are delighted by the enormous success of their recent event ‘An Audience with Daley Thompson’ held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Daley’s performance was exceptional and his interaction with the audience really brought the evening alive. The content of the interview was inspirational, entertaining and refreshingly honest.

We very much hope to have the pleasure of his company again in the near future.
Phillip Carling - Chair of Sports Council for Wales

“Daley’s record of achievement is well known and uniquely brilliant. What impressed everyone was his willingness to get involved at every level in our local campaigns for exercise and fitness; you don’t expect a superstar to be interested in your issues, but he was.” 
Nick Kennedy, Chairman, Blackburn with Darwen Teaching Primary Care Trust.

Thank you so much for bringing Daley to Wales. It was a magnificent experience and his personality really made the evening a huge success.
I know that the organisers were extremely happy, and I'd be very grateful if you would be so kind as to pass on my sincere gratitude to Daley for his relaxed attitude to the interview.
Jason Mohammad, presenter BBC Wales

Daley spoke about the focus, dedication and determination required to be the very best and offered great insights into how we can apply the same lessons into our own lives. His energy, fun and enthusiasm made it a great day.
Damian Hughes, HR Executive (Unilever)