Motivational Speakers

Olympic Speakers

From overcoming adversity, resilience, and marginal gains, right through to leadership and coaching, the world of sport can provide some great insights that can be applied to a multitude of situations in the business world. We have hand-picked some of the most elite Olympians and Paralympians, all of who can be booked for your next virtual or in-person event or team-building session.

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Dr Frank Dick OBE

As one of the country’s best and most consistently inspiring motivational speakers, Frank is riding high on the outstanding results from his position as High-Performance Director at SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) where he was the consultant to South Africa’s top coaches and athletes at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics. RSA achieved 10 medals with 2 Gold, 6 Silver & 2 bronze. Four of those medals were won in athletics, Franks area of expertise.

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Ade Adepitan MBE

Having survived polio as a youngster, Ade Adepitan has since succeeded as an international Paralympic wheelchair basketball player and has built up a wealth of Broadcasting experience. Flashback to his early presenting days and some of you may remember him from the CBBC series X-Change and the BBC ‘dancing wheelchairs’ idents.

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Claire Cashmore

Claire Cashmore was born without a left forearm and has gone on to win 4 bronze, 3 silver, and 1 gold medal in the Paralympic games and breaking the world record in the SM9 100m Individual Medley in 2009.

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Iwan Thomas MBE

Iwan Thomas MBE is one of the finest 400m runners that Britain has ever seen and he is a former European, Commonwealth and World Champion and current British Record Holder.

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Ellie Simmonds OBE

Ellie Simmonds OBE is a Five-time Paralympic Champion and currently has numerous World records to her name. Ellie shot to fame when she won her first Paralympic medal at the age of 13, and she is also the youngest recipient of an MBE.  

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Col Dame Kelly Holmes

Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes is a British icon and an inspiration

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James Willstrop

James Willstrop burst onto the squash scene when in 2002 he crowned a sensational junior career with his third consecutive British Junior, European Junior and World Junior titles.

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Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE

Midfield maestro Helen is one of the most experienced members of the GB women’s team. Having started her international career in 1999 at the age of 17, she became the youngest ever woman to represent GB hockey at an Olympics in Sydney the following year, and has gone on to compete at four Olympic Games.

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Sir Ben Ainslie

Sir Ben Ainslie is a 4-time Olympic gold medal-winning sailor. He rose to prominence in the Atlanta Games after being beaten into silver by Brazilian Robert Scheidt. In Sydney he took his revenge, establishing a fourteen-point lead over his rival in the final race. Remarkably, he went on to win in Athens and Beijing.

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Beth Tweddle MBE

Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Tweddle is a former British artistic gymnast and is the most successful British Female Gymnast in the history of the sport. Her impressive achievements include being an Olympic Bronze Medallist, a triple World Champion, a six-time European Champion, a Commonwealth Champion and seven-times consecutive National Champion.

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Rebecca Adlington OBE

Arguably one of Britain’s highest profile and most popular female athletes, Rebecca Adlington became a household name following her two gold medal-winning performances at the Beijing Games in 2008.

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Jason Gardener MBE

Jason Gardener MBE is one of the UK’s all-time great sprinters. He achieved one of his ultimate ambitions when he led the Great Britain team to Olympic Gold in 2004 and broke the magical 10-second barrier for 100m.

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Rebecca Romero MBE

Rebecca Romero MBE is a unique athlete. She is one of only two women to have ever won Olympic medals in two different sports (Rowing 2004 and Cycling 2008), and the only Briton, male or female to do so.

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Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE

One of Britain’s most successful sportswomen, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE was undoubtedly one of the stars of the London 2012 Olympics. The ‘poster girl’ for the games, Jessica demonstrated the determination, competitiveness and sporting behaviour with which the games is synonymous.

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David Weir CBE

Six-time Paralympic gold medal winner in T54 men’s wheelchair athletics, with four of the gold’s won at the London 2012 Games, David ‘The Weirwolf’ Weir is one of Great Britain’s most high profile and successful Paralympians.

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Jody Cundy CBE

Jody Cundy CBE is an 8 time Paralympic Champion (3 Swimming, 5 Track Cycling), a 23 time World Champion (3 Swimming, 20 Track Cycling) and holder of 3 World Records.

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Anna Hemmings MBE

Anna is best known as Britain’s most successful female marathon kayaker. She inspires audiences with anecdotes from the World Championship and Olympic Games; hers is really a tale of triumph over adversity.

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Stef Reid MBE

Stef is a World Champion, 4x Paralympian, Broadcaster, and Keynote Speaker specialising in High Performance and Diversity and Inclusion.

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Danny Crates

Danny Crates is one of the UK’s most decorated Paralympians. A gold medal winning Paralympian, World & European champion, world record holder, London 2012 ambassador in which he played a pivotal role in bringing the games to the UK and was Great Britain’s flag bearer at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic opening ceremony.

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Katharine Merry

Katharine is one of Britain’s most outstanding female Athletes. Her career highlight came at the Sydney Olympics when she won Bronze in the ‘race of the games’ against Gold Medalist and Australian heroine Cathy Freeman.

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Kriss Akabusi MBE

Kriss Akabusi MBE is a three-time Olympic medallist, World, European and Commonwealth Champion, British record holder and media personality. Kriss is a wonderfully entertaining and engaging speaker, ideal for keynotes and award ceremonies. His presentations are high energy, inspiring, and will leave delegates feeling motivated and engaged.

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Sir Chris Hoy MBE

Sir Chris Hoy MBE, multiple world and Olympic champion track cyclist, was born and raised in Edinburgh. He is one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes, with six gold medals and one silver.

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Sir Clive Woodward

Sir Clive Woodward has secured his place in history. His reputation as a world-class leader makes him one of the most sought after public speakers industry-wide.

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Chris Boardman MBE

Chris Boardman MBE is arguably one of Britain’s most successful cyclist of all time with 3 World Hour Records, an Olympic Gold and holder of the prestigious yellow jersey in the Tour De France.

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith is one of the most sought-after speakers with extensive experience of working with leading corporate organisations Raising the Bar for clients across the globe for over 20 years. He is a former Academy of Chief Executives speaker of the year.

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Louis Smith MBE

Triple Olympic Medalist, Double European Junior Champion and 2006 Commonwealth Champion, Louis Smith had his first taste of the Olympic atmosphere when he beat the best of the World’s elite competitors in his age group to take the pommel horse Gold Medal for Team GB at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney.

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Colin Jackson CBE

A World Record holder, much loved media personality and inspirational speaker, Colin Jackson is a national treasure and one of the most well-known athletes in Great Britain.

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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE DL

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain’s greatest Paralympic athlete and is acknowledged as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation.

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Tim Prendergast

Tim Prendergast is one of New Zealand’s most outstanding Paralympians. A middle distance runner, Tim has represented his native New Zealand at the last three Paralympic Games.

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Craig Heap

Craig is a former Olympic Gymnast who made history at the 1998 Commonwealth Games by captaining the English men’s team to their first ever Commonwealth Games Gold medal and again four years later at the Manchester 2002 games.

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Victoria Pendleton CBE

Victoria Pendleton CBE is Great Britain’s most successful female cyclist of all time and one of the highest profile sports women in the country. Her incredible sporting achievements have secured her place in the nation’s consciousness along with her feminine and glamorous image!

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Mark Foster

Since Mark Foster burst onto the international swimming scene at the age of 16 and represented England at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, he went on to represent his country many more times and is more decorated than any other English male swimmer.

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Marc Woods

After being diagnosed with cancer in his left leg, leading to amputation, Marc Woods infamously swam faster with one leg than he did with two.

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Raised by the Liverpool Harriers, Katarina Johnson-Thompson is a record-breaking, medal-winning star of Heptathlon, Long Jump and High Jump.

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Martine Wright MBE

Martine Wright MBE , 7/7’s most injured survivor lost both legs in the Circle line bombing during the 2005 terrorist attacks on the London underground, yet she considers herself a lucky woman with a whole new life of opportunities.

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Diane Modahl MBE

Diane Modahl MBE is one of Britain’s most accomplished middle distance runners, she represented Britain at four Olympic Games, and won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games.

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Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE

Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE was captain of the gold medal-winning Team GB women’s hockey team that made waves with their performances in Rio.

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Amy Truesdale

The pioneer of Para Taekwondo Amy Truesdale has made history and achieved a bronze medal in Para Taekwondo at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

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Derek Redmond

In the Barcelona Olympics, Derek’s hamstring snapped in the semi-final of the men’s 400 metres but Derek hobbled over the finish line with the help of his father. This inspirational moment has been viewed millions of times since and his resilience has made him a global icon and a symbol of determination.

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