Sporting legend to make a splash at new attraction

The youngest winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be celebrated along with other local world-beaters when Provost Skene’s House reopens as a new visitor attraction in autumn 2021.

The historic building is being redeveloped by Aberdeen City Council to tell the story of the region’s global impact in the fields of sport, science, entertainment, business and the arts.

The Sporting Champions line-up will include swimmer Ian Black, who in 1958 was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year ahead of footballer Bobby Charlton and Formula One driver Stirling Moss after winning six medals in two championships that summer.

Fittingly, BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be coming to the Granite City for the first time in its 65-year history on December 15th at P&J Live – and Ian will be in attendance.

Ian was just 17 when he received the coveted silver trophy, an experience he described to the audience as “most unexpected”.

In 1958 Ian took gold medals in the 400 metres, 1,500 metres freestyle and 200 metres butterfly at the European Championships and another three medals – including gold in the 220-yard butterfly – at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

Reflecting on his success some 61 years later, Ian said it was particularly gratifying that the public chose the winner, adding: “To be held in the affection of the Scottish people, even for a while, is something to celebrate.

“You could say that I had a golden patch – six months in which everything happened.”

After graduating from the University of Aberdeen, Ian followed a career in education and after various headships at home and abroad he returned to the city as Headmaster of RGC Junior School in 1990.

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