Roger Black represented Great Britain for 14 years at the highest level in the world of athletics, overcoming adversity in the form of serious injuries and a rare heart valve condition to go on to become a world champion. An entertaining and motivational speaker, Roger has taken lessons from his career as a top level athlete and helps businesses use the techniques every day.
As one of the leading motivational speakers in the UK, Roger Black adds value to corporate conferences by motivating, inspiring and entertaining audiences from many organisations.
Roger Black is one of the country’s most successful sportsmen having represented Great Britain for fourteen years at the highest level in the world of athletics. Born in Portsmouth on the 31 March 1966, Roger was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and subsequently went on to read medicine at Southampton University. He is particularly admired for his triumphs over adversity, overcoming serious injuries and a rare heart valve condition to go on to become a world champion.
Roger won fifteen major Championship Medals including European, Commonwealth and World Championship Gold Medals. His 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. He was British Men’s Team Captain and was awarded the M.B.E. in 1992, and became an Ambassador for Team GB in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Roger has presented televsion for BBC South, BBC Breakfast News, BBC 6 o’clock News and News 24. In 1998, Roger was signed to BBC Sport and has since presented the Olympics, the World Athletics Championships, the Commonwealth Games, the European Championships and the World Championships.
In addition, Roger has appeared regularly as a guest on numerous prime-time TV programmes, including A Question of Sport, They Think It’s All Over and Strictly Come Dancing. He co-presented the last series of Tomorrow’s World and BBC’s award winning City Hospital.
Roger is one of the busiest on the corporate circuit, delivering motivational talks, after dinner speeches, hosting award ceremonies and conference hosting.