Robbie Brightwell MBE
DLC in Physical Education, 1962
MSc in Human Sciences, 1970
Robbie, a former British 400m record holder and Olympian, received an MBE in 1965 for services to sport.
At just 20 years old and in his first season as a 400m runner he made an impressive Olympic debut at the 1960 Games held in Rome. He won silver medals at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games for the 400m and 4x400m relay, and gold and silver at the 1962 European Championships for the 400 metres and 4×400 metres relay, respectively. He also enjoyed success at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, running a stunning 44.8 second split to take silver in the 4×400 metres running alongside fellow Loughborough graduate John Cooper. He also captained the GB team.
Since his retirement from athletics, he has earned several coaching qualifications and worked in education – notably as a lecturer at Loughborough Colleges (1965-71) – and held directorships with sports companies, including Adidas and Le Coq Sportif.
He is married to Olympic gold medallist Ann Brightwell, née Packer.