Sky Andrew

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Sky Andrew
Full name Skylet Andrew
Nationality  England  United Kingdom
Born 31 March 1962
Upton Park, London
Height 6' 3"

Skylet Andrew,[1] often known as Sky Andrew, is an English former Olympian who won three 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 .[2][4] Andrew retired from competitive table tennis after the 1994 European Championships.[6]

Sports agent[edit]

While training at Lilleshall Hall in his youth, Andrew met young footballer Sol Campbell, with whom he struck up a friendship.[7]

After retiring from table tennis, Andrew wanted to get into show business, but ended up becoming an agent, representing acting clients including Martine McCutcheon.[7]

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.[7] Andrew has since represented Jermaine Pennant, David Ginola, Frank Bruno, Jay Bothroyd and Jermain Defoe. His TV and film clients include Nathalie Emmanuel, Sarah-Jane Mee, and Natalie Sawyer.

In September 2016, in a deal with football agency Platinum One Group, Sky Andrew moved his football business across.

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. ^ a b 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. ^ "Ask Sky Andrew transcript". BBC Sport. 10 January 2002. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  7. ^ 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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