John Goodbody is a British open water swimmer, author, and journalist who worked as a sports news correspondent of The Times for 21 years. In his younger years, Goodbody was a judo fighter at the British national squad level, and practiced at the prestigious London Budokwai club in the 1960s.
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- He completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 15 hours 40 minutes in 1991 at the age of 48.
- He was the recipient of the 1991 O'Clee Jubilee Cup that is awarded to the Oldest Successful Swimmer across the English Channel by the Channel Swimming Association.
Journalist Career Highlights
- He won the Sports Journalists' Association sports story of the year in 2002.
- He was named Sports Reporter of the Year in the 2001 British Press Awards. He was also highly commended as sports reporter of the year on three other occasions.
- He is renowned for his Olympic Games and drugs testing coverage since 1964.
- He authored the book, The History of the Olympics.