Jonathan’s extraordinary achievements have earned him a place in history as one of the world’s greatest and most admired athletes. He made the record books in 1995 when he broke the World Record at the World Championships in Gothenburg with an amazing jump of 18.29m in the second round; to date no one has even come close to this distance.
It was the BBC who first recognised Jonathan’s potential off the track and he naturally became one of BBC Sport’s key pundits and commentators covering all the major athletics events including the Olympics in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Jonathan presented the Canoe Slalom and Athletics morning sessions of the London 2012 Olympic Games live from the stadium for BBC Sport and joined the commentary team for the evening sessions, as well as presenting live from the Diamond League events for BBC 3′s coverage. Jonathan also presented the morning programme of the London 2012 Paralympic Games for Channel 4. After a fantastic Summer of Sport Jonathan has now also joined the BBC’s team as the presenter for their cycling coverage.
Jonathan was selected to sit on the board of LOCOG as their athlete representative – the highest profile ex athlete in a senior position outside of the Chairman. He is Chair of the Sports Advisory Group, having played an important part in the success of the London 2012 bid as an Official Ambassador, and a member of the Athletes Advisory Group. He was also appointed as the Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group, helping to ensure the benefits of the Games are maximised across the UK.
“I’m delighted to be working with Sported to help raise the profile of sport and the positive impact it can have on young people.”