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One of the country's most well known sportsmen, Duncan Goodhew is a former competitive swimmer who specialised in the breaststroke.

As a youngster he was no stranger to facing adversity. At just ten years of age he lost all of his hair after falling from a tree. Also dyslexic, he struggled at school with reading. As a result of these difficulties swimming classes became a lifeline for him.

His talent for the sport became apparent at a young age and he went on to represent his college team while at North Carolina State University. He burst on to the international scene at the Montreal Olympic Games of 1976 when he finished seventh in the 100m breaststroke. Two years later at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton he won two silvers in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

His greatest achievement, however, was to come in 1980 when he realised his Olympic dream by taking gold in the 100m breaststroke at the Moscow games. He also won a bronze medal when the medley relay team finished in third position.

Following his retirement from swimming, Duncan became president of Swimathon (a large annual fundraising swim) and has helped raise millions of pounds for charity. He is also a key figure in encouraging children to take up swimming - promoting its importance as a life skill, the enjoyment factor, and also acknowledging the physical and mental health benefits associated with the sport.

Duncan is a keen businessman interests who has applied the lessons he learnt in the pool to assist businesses in overcoming obstacles to success. His company Limelight Sports is also behind the creative delivery of a large number of mass participation events and programmes.

He has also been awarded an MBE for services to sport.

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