Athletics Chief appointedSubscribe
Rob Burgess 11 April 2001
TERRY COLTON has been appointed Director of the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships to be held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham – 32 years and three months after he first made headlines in athletics.
It was on on the 10th January 1969 that Terry clocked a world-age best of 3m 58.9s for the 1500m, racing against Seniors at the National Indoor Championships at Cosford. Later in his athletics career he represented England at Cross Country and achieved a marathon best of 2h 14m.
Now aged 48, Terry is an experienced sports executive. He started work with a sports promotions company and coordinated the team of ten that set up the "Race Against Time" that raised millions of pounds for Sport Aid in the 1980s.
He then moved to work at the National Exhibition Centre Events Division in Birmingham as Arenas Manager - NEC Group. There he was involved in the organisation of a multitude of major events including sporting events such as skating, gymnastics and judo.
THE NEW appointment follows the successful bid by UK Athletics, working in partnership with UK Sport and Birmingham City Council, to host the IAAF World Indoor Championships 2003. Delighted to be involved in the organisation of a global event in his favourite sport, Terry commented:
"As a company and a city, we are extremely experienced in dealing with major events. We have many staff - promotional, technical, catering – who understand exactly what it is going to mean. But there is no getting away from the fact that the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships will be one of the biggest and most high profile sporting events we have hosted.
"We are all determined to make it a success. We are all very conscious that the outdoor IAAF World Championships will follow in London in 2005. The opportunity to give athletics the highest profile, is there, as never before - and we are determined the chance will be taken with both hands."