Mike Bull, An Olympian’s Story
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Few would argue with Athletics Weekly when, in 2015, they named Mike Bull as ‘Britain’s greatest ever pole vaulter’. In a long and distinguished career Mike was capped 69 times for GB and N. Ireland, won two gold and two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, competed at two Olympics (reaching the final round in Mexico) and broke the
British record 25 times before stepping back from top line competition. Many sports stars would have written their autobiography at that point, but that would only have told half the story because Mike did not rest on his laurels. In 1977 he opened his own gymnasium, before winning the popular BBC ‘Superstars’ competition in 1985 and the pole vault at the World Masters athletics competition in 1991. Along the way he was a founding member of the sports charity SPARKS and worked as a TV presenter as well as being the strength and conditioning coach for first Ulster and then Irish Rugby. In 2012 Mike’s huge contribution to sport and charity was recognised when he was awarded the OBE. While this autobiography is long overdue, like a fine wine it has matured well. In an easy going yet compelling style, Mike’s reflections on his sporting career, the highs and lows of his remarkable life and the world famous athletes he rubbed shoulders with, make this book an engrossing read for any sports fan.
Today, as a sprightly 74 year old, Mike has taken up pole vaulting again see his interview with the BBC here