Lynn Davies became the first Welshman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in the Men's Long Jump at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, where he also competed in the 100 Metres and 4 x 100 Metres Relay.
Two years later, he won Commonwealth and European Games gold medals to become the first British athlete to hold all three major titles. Four years later, he was again Commonwealth champion at the 1970 Edinburgh Games. His British long jump record stood for 34 years.
He competed in three Olympic Games – Tokyo (1964), Mexico (1968) and Munich (1972) where he was captain of the team. At the Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, Lynn was Team Manager to the British Athletics Team.
His role in sport administration and management includes Technical Director to the Canadian Athletics Team, member of the Sports Council for Wales, Chairman SportsMatch Cymru.
He is currently the President of UK Athletics, the national governing body, having been re-elected for a second term and is a Vice-President of the British Olympic Association.
Recognition of his achievements include BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year on three occasions, election to the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame and Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame, Fellow of University of Wales and Honorary Degree from the Open University and UWIC.
In 2006, he was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) having previously received the MBE.