Bob Champion MBE
I’m Champion, Call Me Bob
Fear, joy and victory intersect in this gripping tale
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Racing legend Bob Champion listed amongst the top 10 professional jockeys in the UK, in 1979 he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Following brutal chemotherapy treatment that almost killed him. In 1981 Bob Champion & Aldaniti amazed the world with their dual comeback story. Given eight months to live and a lame horse ready to be shot, neither would have been given decent odds by the most hardened bookie to make it back onto a racecourse. Yet not only did they race again, they went on to win the Grand National, the most extreme race for even the fittest jump jockey and the most sound horse.
The win, viewed by many as one of the greatest ever sporting triumphs, earned the pair the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Team Award. In 1983 he formed the Bob Champion Cancer Trust and led, in 2011, to him being awarded the Helen Rollason award.
In his own words Bob talks of his early life, his path to becoming a professional jump jockey and how it felt being at the top of his game only to have it come crashing down with a life-threatening diagnosis. The depths of despair going through the radical new cancer treatment he was offered and the heights of joy with that famous victory. This new biography also looks at the whirlwind adventure his life has been since that glorious spring day at Aintree and examines the tremendous fund raising efforts of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust.
Today Bob is the face of that Trust, the UK’s most successful small cancer fund that has been responsible for raising almost £15Million, money which has allowed research efforts that have all but eradicated testicular cancer death and furthered new research enquiries into prostate cancer.For the first time Bob shares his thoughts on his life so far, the highs, the lows, injuries, illness and of course just what it felt like to win ‘the ultimate test of horse and rider.’