By Damian Dolan
Ricky Simms doesn’t get back to his native Donegal as often as he’d like, just 20 times in the last 12 years to be precise, and is rarely to be found at his London home, such is the jet set lifestyle of one of athletics’ top sports agents.
But when your leading client is the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, while you’re also able to boast Mo Farah among your other clientele, then it’s little wonder. Just like his two leading clients, Simms is a man demand.
As a director of PACE Sports Management, which has its head office in Teddington, south-west London and represents athletes from 16 countries around the world, Simms’ profile has likewise risen and so too has the reputation of the company.
Normally to be found lurking in the shadows, from the moment Bolt burst onto the global scene at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as a 21-year-old, till he electrified London 2012, the media can’t get enough of Bolt and inevitably some of the spotlight has fallen onto the man behind the world’s fastest man, a late 30s qualified PE teacher from Milford.
“I miss it; it’s home. But what can you do,” said Simms. “You’re going all the time, but I don’t spend as much time inLondonanymore. I’m travelling quite a lot. It’s a lifestyle more than anine to five.
“Londonis home, my house is inLondon, but I’m inJamaicaonce a month or in the States. I don’t get back toLondonas often as I’d like.”
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