Team GB rower Debbie Flood Team GB

The two-time British Olympic silver medallist, rower Debbie Flood and Bryan Clay, the Olympic Decathlon gold and silver medallist, have been announced as the winners of this year’s Eric Liddell Award.

The award honours one male and one female athlete and will be presented to the pair on Friday, August 10 at Central Hall in Westminster. The award is given in memory of Eric Liddell, who won gold and bronze for Great Britain at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Debbie Flood is a member of Greyfriars Church in Reading’s town centre and scooped silver medals for rowing in 2004 and 2008. As Xn went to press, she was hoping to go for Gold. The three-times world champion also co-founded Creativity in Sport, giving at-risk youth opportunities to study a positive life skills curriculum and work toward a fitness teaching qualification. Debbie took a year off from rowing in 2009 to qualify as a prison officer and she is delighted to win this award. She said: “Eric Liddell was a great man of faith and an example of an ambassador of God both in and outside sport. “God has given me the gifts and abilities that I have and I have tried to use them to the best of my ability.”Bryan Clay is the Decathlon gold (2008) and silver (2004) medallist, World Indoor and two-time World Outdoor champion. Four hundred people will attend the Legacy Breakfast, including some 120 current and former Olympians. It is held in partnership with More Than Gold.For more information about the breakfast, log on to