Peter Elliott, former Olympic middle-distance runner, has joined the Board of Goalball UK. Elliott’s focus will be on developing talent and elite performance as well as issues around athlete welfare.

Elliott is most easily recognised as part of the great Coe, Ovett and Cram era – winning medals at a Commonwealth, World, European and Olympic level. He still holds the British record for indoor 1500m and mile. A Silver medallist at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, Elliott is notable for achieving incredible sporting success alongside a full–time job at British Steel.

Mark Winder, CEO of Goalball UK, said: “It is fantastic to have such a distinguished former athlete on the Board.

“Peter has been our neighbour in Sheffield in his role as director of operations at the English Institute of Sport for some years and so has had a chance to see first-hand how goalball transforms lives.

“He will offer his invaluable experience in talent development and elite performance as well as with vital safeguarding strategies. I look forward to learning from him.”

Peter said: “I’ve become increasingly aware of Goalball UK over the past few years – the growth of the sport in this country has been astounding.

“It’s been particularly remarkable to see the success of the elite teams and the rapid progression of players on the talent pathway.

“The tenacity and drive of everyone involved in the sport is something to behold and I am excited to support a sport that does so much to transform the lives of participants.”

Goalball UK also recently appointed Steve Ferres, formally of the Bradford Bulls, as business development manager to identify partnerships and opportunities for income generation as well as developing existing revenue sources.