Hot on the heels of our Olympic success we thought we’d take a look at the contribution dyslexics have made to the world of sport.
Number 10: Kenny Logan
Scottish rugby player, Kenny Logan made his international debut at the tender age of just 19. He went on to win 70 caps for Scotland and score 20 tries over a 13 year period.
Number 9: Molly Sullivan Sliney
Molly Sliney first found confidence through the sport of fencing at the age of 10. Her confidence in the sport was turned into confidence in the classroom and she was soon awarded a full fencing scholarship at the University of Notre Dame. She then went on to represent the US in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.
Number 8: Scott Quinnell
He’s number 8 on our chart and wears number 8 on his shirt. It’s former Welsh international rugby league and rugby union player Scott Quinnell; who also started playing rugby at the age of 8. Does anyone else see a pattern here? It’s no surprise Quinnel had a flare for the game as he followed in the footsteps of his dad and two brothers who were all professional rugby players.
Number 7: Rachel Yankey
Former The Codpast, Podcast guest, football legend Rachel Yankey joins us at number 6. Rachael was the first ever-professional female footballer in the UK, has been capped for the England team 129 times and represented team GB in the London 2012 Olympics.
Number 6: Caitlyn Jenner
She won gold at the 1976 Olympics, and was branded an “American Hero” for victories in events during the Cold War. Caitlyn Jenner is now best known for her gender reassignment and starring role in reality TV show, ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’.
Number 5: Sir Jackie Stewart
The “Flying Scot,” Sir Jackie Stewart, comes in at 4. The three times Formula One World Drivers’ champion has skills on and off the track. In 1960 he was also tipped to for a place on the British trap shooting Olympic team.
Number 4: Sir Steven Redgrave
The most successful male rower in Olympic history, Sir Steve Redgrave comes in at number 3. He’s the only person to have won gold medals in five consecutive Olympic Games and has amassed over 20 medals across the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and world championships.
Number 3: Magic Johnson
He may have made it into the Basketball Hall of Fame, but he didn’t quite make it to our top spot! Magic Johnson played for the L. A. Lakers for 13 seasons and is one of only seven players to win the “Triple Crown”: an NCAA Championship, an NBA Championship and an Olympic Gold Medal.
Number 2: Lewis Hamilton
Multiple winner of the Formula One World Championship, Lewis Hamilton just misses out on pole position. In 2015 he became the first British driver to win consecutive F1 titles and is currently has the most wins of any other British driver. He is also currently third place for most victorious F1 driver of all time.
Number 1: Muhammad Ali
Self-confessed, ‘The Greatest’ – he wasn’t one for modesty – Muhammed Ali comes in at number 1. Known for his showman ship, way with words, and moral stance, Ali will always be remembered as one of history’s most entertaining sportsmen. Winning the World Heavyweight Boxing title by the age of 22, he went on to have a career that will inspire generations to come. It’s no wonder that Muhammad Ali takes first prize.
Video produced by Sean Douglas, Words by Bernadette Galbraith
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