Paralympic icon and former world record holder Danny Crates is widely considered one of the greatest British disability athletes of all time.
After losing his right arm in a horrific accident in 1994 at just 21 years old, Danny was determined to overcome this huge hurdle in his life, focusing on the future and regaining his positive attitude. With utter determination, Danny found his way back onto the rugby field within 6 months and shortly after into Paralympic sport, quickly dominating and famously winning gold in the men’s 800 metres T46 final at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a year which also saw him set a new world record. Since retiring from international athletics, Danny continues to build on his reputation as a leading motivational and inspirational speaker in the world of business and sport, delivering keynote presentations around the world that leave his audience motivated and inspired to achieve their goals and targets, both personally and within business.
A master storyteller – Danny’s 17-year corporate speaking experience shines through. He is dynamic and presents with warmth and humour, quickly captivating his audience. His presentation is built around his “5 Key Elements to Success” which resonates with every department within a business or team and guarantees excellent returns for his clients’ way beyond presentation day. Danny tailors his presentation for his audience and transfers his Paralympic success into results for them, whether it be overcoming hurdles, aspiration, high expectation, change management, optimising personal performance and excellence, goal setting, teamwork or building exceptional results from failure.
As an experienced speaker, he is also able to offer an after-dinner style speech, giving your event that extra ‘wow’ factor and bringing to life any themes. With Danny at the helm of your event, you are guaranteed a smooth-running and engaging occasion. An experienced Master of Ceremonies, Danny is known for his ability to interact with his audience, all done with his charming Essex humour. Danny understands how stressful organising an event can be. Ahead of the event, he will talk through your programme, working alongside you to create a memorable and bespoke occasion for your audience. He reads through the scripts making sure he understands every detailed aspect, so his delivery is as per your vision. As an experienced live television broadcaster, Danny is comfortable using autocue and can instantly and seamlessly adapt his presentation to match any situation.
Alongside his speaking, Danny is a regular presenter on TV, from factual programming to sports presentation. He is also a published author of his motivational autobiography “Danny Boy” which was voted best sports book in the Evening Standard. Danny participated in Celebrity MasterChef in 2015. He is a patron of several charities and loves to challenge himself through sporting fundraising events.