Born in Nottingham in 1973, Jamie is one of a select band of only 12 Welsh athletes to have won an Olympic athletics medal, winning silver in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
His finest achievement came in the world indoor championships in Maebashi, Japan in 1999, when he won in 45.73 secs, beating Milton Campbell (USA) by just over a quarter of a second. An indication of his superb form as an indoor 400m runner can be gauged by the fact that the UK record of 45.39 set when he won the UK indoor title in 1997, still stands today.
Whilst the indoor arena was clearly his favourite, he was a key member of the UK 4 x 400m relay team that took an Olympic silver medal in Atlanta (1996) and European gold in 1998 (Budapest) & 2002 (Munich). He also won silver as part of Britain’s 1997 silver medal winning 4 x 400m team in the Athens World Championships, although belatedly he has become a world championship gold medallist as the USA’s Antonio Pettigrew failed a retrospective drug test and the British team has been elevated to world champions. He competed 29 times for Britain in full international matches in a career spanning 12 years.
Jamie retired in 2005 aged 32, and had already started to forge a career in TV whilst still competing. He has hosted his own show and appeared on Superstars and the acclaimed 2014 BBC documentary ‘Looking for my Birth Mum’. He is now a much sought after motivational speaker for schools, sports clubs and businesses.