Allan Wells MBE is recognised as Scotland’s Greatest Athlete and Olympian.
Born in Edinburgh, Allan Wells began his athletic career as a triple and long jumper. While enjoying moderate success, it wasn’t until he changed to become a sprinter at the age of 24 that his career took off.
In 1978 at the Commonwealth Games he won Gold in the 200m, Gold in the 4 x 100m relay and Silver in the 100m. More successes followed with Bronze and Gold medals in the European Cup and 2nd in the Golden Sprints (fastest sprinter over 100m and 200m combined). In 1980 at the Moscow Olympic Games Allan won Gold in the 100m and Silver in the 200m.
In 1981 Allan won Gold in the 100m & Silver in the 200m at the IAAF World Cup, Gold & Silver at the European Cup and Gold at the coveted Golden Sprints.
In 1982 Allan took double Gold at the Commonwealth Games winning the 100m, the 200m and a Bronze in the 4 x 100m relay. Later that year he was awarded the M.B.E. for services to sport.
After retiring in 1988, at the age of 36, Allan Wells entered the world of coaching where he achieved success with sports professionals from the world of rugby, athletics, football, tennis, golf and the British Bobsleigh team to name a few.
He has also been inducted into the Scottish Sporting Hall of Fame and was an Ambassador for the 2012 Olympic Bid and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bid.
His personal best for the 100m is 10.11, and 20.21 for 200m, both run at the 1980 Olympics, and both are still Scottish records. He also ran wind assisted times of 10.02 for 100m and 20.11 for 200m.