Roger Black

Roger Black - Olympic Athlete - After Dinner Speaker

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.


He 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. 

On television Roger has presented for BBC South, BBC Breakfast News, BBC 6 O’clock News and News 24. In 1998, Roger was signed to BBC Sport and presented the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the World Athletics Championships 2001 in Canada, the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 2002 European Championships from Vienna and the World Championships from Paris 2003. 

In addition, Roger has appeared regularly on numerous prime-time TV programmes, including A Question of Sport, They Think It’s All Over, Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Master Chef and GMTV. He co-presented the last series of Tomorrow’s World and co-presented 4 series of the BBC’s award winning City Hospital and appeared in the Superstars series.  

In addition to his career as a television presenter and regular engagements as an accomplished motivational speaker and conference host, Roger is busy in his role as 2012 Ambassador for Scottish Widows across the UK. 


"We have quarterly events and the majority of the feedback has been that Roger is the best speaker we have had!"  Accenture


 "Roger was an excellent guest speaker and leads the way in style and content. He held the audience's complete attention with inspirational messages on achieving potential on both a business and personal level. There was something for everyone and his interaction with delegates was much appreciated." Electrical Contractors Association

 "We had really great feedback on your session and you tailored it really well for the audience, so our Dutch and Nordic colleagues were very positive too." Specsavers

 "Thank you for attending our workshop and providing us with a really valuable insight into what it takes to succeed. Your presence and the content of your session set the rest of the event up perfectly."  Southern Water