Neil Black Wiki – Neil Black Biography
Neil Cathcart Black OBE was an English oboist. He has held the post of principal oboe in four London orchestras and taught at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
A statement from UK Athletics confirmed that Black, who resigned from his role last October, died suddenly at the weekend of what is understood to have been of natural causes, and an autopsy was going to be carried out to determine the cause of death. He left his role in October 2019 after being in charge for seven years, having taken the position following the London 2012 Olympics. He had continued to play a role with UKA as an advisor, having gained vast experience at the top of the sport.
Black left his role last year after US authorities handed down a four-year doping ban to Salazar, who ran the Nike-backed Oregon Project training group in Portland.
Salazar worked closely with British distance runner Farah, who won four Olympic gold medals on the track, two at London 2012 and two more at Rio four years later. A British Athletics statement read: “British Athletics is shocked and saddened to confirm the loss of our friend and former colleague Neil Black, who passed away suddenly at the weekend.
“Neil loved the sport of athletics and dedicated his life to supporting athletes — as a world-class physiotherapist, as head of sport science, and then in recent years as performance director for British Athletics.”
Neil Black Age
He was born on May 28th, 1932 and died on August 14th, 2016 at the age of 60.
Neil Black Life and career
Black starting playing the oboe at the age of 11 and played in the National Youth Orchestra between 1948 and 1951. He attended Exeter College, Oxford between 1952 and 1956, and took a degree in history.
Black studied the oboe with Terence McDonagh in 1956–57. From 1958 to 1960, he was the principal oboist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Later in his career, he was the principal oboist of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. He is described by The Oxford Dictionary of Music as a “frequent soloist with chamber orchestras” and a “specialist in Baroque and pre‐classical repertoire”.
Black was in charge when UK Athletics appointed Salazar, whom he once described as a “genius”, as a consultant to its endurance programme in 2013. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) began investigating Salazar in 2015 but UK Athletics reviewed his link with Farah at the time and concluded there was “no reason to be concerned”.
Black was a physiotherapist at UK Athletics before moving up the ranks to take the top job. He took up the UK Athletics performance director role in 2012 after Charles van Commenee left his position as Olympic head coach.
Black stood down shortly after last year’s World Championships in Doha, where Great Britain won just five medals, their worst performance since 2005. Former Olympic heptathlon bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton tweeted: “He came everywhere with me and made sure I was held together physically and mentally. So many things I want to say… I’ll miss you forever Neil Black.”
Neil Black Family
Details of his personal life are kept away from the limelight. Information concerning his family’s details are unavailable.
Neil Black Death
He died in April 2020 at his flat in Quorn near Loughborough. The statement announcing his demise read: “British Athletics is shocked and saddened to confirm the loss of our friend and former colleague Neil Black who passed away suddenly at the weekend. Neil loved the sport of athletics and dedicated his life to supporting athletes – as a world-class physiotherapist, as head of sports science, and then in recent years as Performance Director for British Athletics. Since leaving the role of UKA Performance Director in October 2019, he had been continuing to support a number of athletes and coaches as an advisor. “Neil will be hugely missed by those that knew and worked with him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
“I have lost a good friend,” said Farah on Twitter. “Known him since I was 14 years old … Neil supported me all the way in my career since I was a kid. My heart is broken. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Neil Black… no one knew me as he did..!! We lost a great man.”
Neil Black Cause of Death
A statement from UK Athletics confirmed that he died suddenly at the weekend of what is understood to have been of natural causes at his flat in Quorn near Loughborough. They said that an autopsy would be carried out to determine the cause of death.