Stephen “Steve” James Backley, of the Order of the British Empire, is a former British athlete who specialized in using the javelin. He was born on February 12, 1969 in Sidcup, United Kingdom, and is known to be one of the top throwers of the javelin in modern era. However, despite this great recognition, he has not won a single gold medal in any major athletics event in the World.
Backley grew up going to school at Warren Road Primary School which is located in Orpington. He attended Loughborough University and took up Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Sports Science, and Recreation Management, but was hindered from completing his studies due to his excessive participation of athletic events. Though unable to complete the course, the University awarded him in December 16, 2002, with the degree of Doctor of Technology honoris causa.
Although Backley is without a gold medal at a World athletics event, he is still known as the only track and field athlete from Britain who has won medals at three consecutive Olympic Games.
Backley is married and has a young daughter. He has not totally hung up his javelin as he is currently a coach and mentor to youngsters as a part of the UK Athletics and Norwich Union programme. He also has a business where he extends help to those who need his expertise and experience.
Like most athletics players, Backley has his personal best record which is at 91.46 meters. This record was set in North Shore City, New Zealand in January 25, 1992. Overall, he has a record of 9 gold medals, 5 gold medals, and 1 bronze medal. All these achievements have allowed him to set his name in stone as one of the great javelin throwers in recent history.