Sky Andrew

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Sky Andrew
Full name Skylet Andrew
Nationality  England  United Kingdom
Born Upton Park, London
Height 6' 3"

Skylet Andrew,[1] often known as Sky Andrew, is an English former Olympian who won 3 gold medals at the 1989 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships[2] and was the first Black British sports agent.[3]

Biography[edit]

Andrew was born in Upton Park, London, to a London Transport bus driver father, and a mother who worked in an East End pie factory.[4]

Table tennis[edit]

He represented Great Britain at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the doubles event with Des Douglas[1][5] and won 3 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship gold medals in 1989 .[6] [4] Andrew retired from competitive table tennis after the 1994 European Championships.[7]

Sports agent[edit]

While training at Lilleshall Hall in his youth, Andrew met young footballer Sol Campbell, with whom he struck up a friendship.[8]

After retiring from table tennis, Andrew wanted to get into show business, but ended up becoming an agent, representing acting clients including Martine McCutcheon.[8]

In the mid-1990s at Campbell's suggestion, he became the first licensed Black British football agent, engineering Campbell's move from Tottenham Hotspur to Arsenal.[8] Andrew has since represented Jermaine Pennant, David Ginola, Frank Bruno, Jay Bothroyd and Jermain Defoe. He now also represents Ghanaian goalkeeper Adam Kwasarey, England U21 striker Marvin Sordell, and cyclist Alex Dowsett. His TV & film clients include Nathalie Emmanuel, Sarah-Jane Mee, and Natalie Sawyer.

Honours[edit]

Andrew won a Barclays Bank "Man of Merit Award" in 2002, and was named the BEA Entrepreneur of The Year in 2003.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Skylet Andrew". British Olympic Association. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  2. ^ http://comtab.webs.com/cttc19891991.htm
  3. ^ http://www.ittf.com/ittf_stats/All_events3.asp?ID=296
  4. ^ a b "Sky Andrew". skyandrew.com. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Skylet Andrew". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  6. ^ http://comtab.webs.com/cttc19891991.htm
  7. ^ "Ask Sky Andrew transcript". BBC Sport. 10 January 2002. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c Smith, Paul (1 July 2001). "Football: SOL REACHED FOR SKY AND STRUCK GOLD; Former table tennis". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 

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