A few minutes before my interview with Mr. Ian Stafford, I asked myself The question: How can one question a multi-award-winning sports writer and journalist voted Sports Reporter of the Year twice, Highly Commended as Sports Magazine Writer, and twice Highly Commended as Interviewer of the Year at the Sports Journalism annual awards.
How does one quiz a Highly Commended British Press Awards best-selling author of 16 books, most sought-after speaker and event host, and successful sports media company director, and founder of the most prestigious private club in London, The London Sporting Club ® who has entertained one of the world’s biggest sport celebrities such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Lord Seb Coe, Michael Johnson, David Coulthard, Sir Ben Ainslie, Frankie Dettori, Dames Katherine Grainger, Kelly Holmes and Laura Davies, Eddie Jones, Sir Geoff Hurst, Geraint Thomas and many, many more?
I sat in silence for a few minutes, and I took the advice of Mr. Ernest Hemingway “When people talk, listen completely.”
Ian wrote sports interviews, features and live reports for The Mail on Sunday from 1998 to 2014 and also from 1988 to 1992. In this time, he covered seven Olympic Games, four Rugby World Cups, two football world cups, five Commonwealth Games, world and European championships in all Olympic sports, test matches, world boxing title bouts, tennis and golf majors. During this time, he also interviewed most of the world’s most famous sports stars……