Our Very Own Patron

We are very honoured to welcome our Special Olympics Suffolk Patron – Bill Tancred


Bill Tancred is a leading sports administrator, academic and former international athlete and coach. He competed at the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics in the discus and won bronze and silver medals in successive Commonwealth Games from 1970 to 1974.

He was the British National discus champion on ten occasions and broke the British record 19 times; the las stood for 25 years with his personal best being 64.94m in 1974.

Bill was a former regular soldier with the 1st East Anglian regiment and the Army Physical Training Corps. After military service in Aden and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he attended Loughborough and West Virginia Universities, the latter on a N.A.T.O. Fellowship. As an academic he has taught in schools, polytechnics and Universities and held the position of Professor of Sport and Exercise science.

A former Chairman of Suffolk Sport, he is now Patron of Inspire Suffolk and Special Olympics Suffolk

He was awarded an MBE for services to athletics in 1992`




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