Thompson, Daley (Part 1 of 4). An Oral History of British Athletics

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    Athletics: multi-events

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  • Interviewees

    Thompson, Daley, 1958- (speaker, male)

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    Cutler, Rachel (speaker, female)

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    Part 1: Childhood - grandparents from Nigeria - no connection with Nigeria. Grew up in Notting Hill Gate - Ladbroke Grove - moved a great deal but remained in same area - poor. Father left home - died when he was 11 - 1 brother - 1 sister - mother worked at many jobs. City life - sent to boarding school 'Farley Close' in Sussex - very small school - friendly. Life at boarding school - very happy - philosophy of school - lots of sport - headmaster encouraged Daley to participate. Brother and sister went to different schools - not much contact between 3 - or mother. Started to win at sports - chance meeting with Essex beagles coach when teenager - joined Essex Beagles - at 15 coach Bob Mortimer took him on. Accidentally got involved in decathlon - but then committed to it. Essex Beagles - fun and encouraging colleagues. At 17 moved to Crawley to live and train with new coach Bruce Longdon. Crawley college A levels. Philosophy toward training - 1975-1980 training every day. Discussion of decathlon as event.

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    Interview with decathlete Daley Thompson

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