Bring the 2024 Paris celebrations closer to home and get insights from our incredible real-world sporting speakers. There are an incredible 50+ Olympic and Paralympic gold medals between the names on this list alone! Whether it’s rowing, hockey, track and field, cycling, boxing, wheelchair racing or swimming — we have a British sports champion to wow you.
Superstar Olympic and Paralympic Speakers
Hannah Cockroft OBE
🥇 Paralympic golds in wheelchair racing: 2012 London, 2016 Rio de Janeiro, 2020 Tokyo
Learn to think innovatively to achieve champion-like success with Hannah Cockcroft, OBE, world record-breaking British wheelchair racer. Renowned for her ability to perform under pressure and overcome adversity, Hannah offers PepTalks to inspire teams to build resilience, drive, and determination.
Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE
🥇 Olympic gold in field hockey: 2016 Rio de Janeiro
Discover how to lead high-performing teams with Kate Richardson-Walsh, Team GB women’s hockey captain, Olympic gold medalist and peak performance mentor. Through her experiences, Kate showcases how to build team ethos and resilience while applying the leadership, team, and performance lessons learned from her elite sports career.
Dame Katherine Grainger
🥇 Olympic gold in rowing: 2012 London
Not only is Katherine Grainger the Chair of UK Sport and Britain's most decorated female Olympian, but she is also a Six-Time World Rowing Champion. Earning a CBE in 2013, Katherine's blend of athletic prowess and academic achievement, evidenced by her PhD, has made her a popular choice to motivate teams. Get a PepTalk from Katherine on teamwork, motivation, and communication.
Sir Bradley Wiggins
🥇 Olympic golds in cycling: 2004 Athens (Individual Pursuit), 2008 Beijing (Individual and Team Pursuit), 2012 London (Time Trial).
Bradley Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour de France and an Olympic time-trial gold at London 2012. His illustrious career boasts eight Olympic medals, including a team pursuit gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics alongside Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, and Owain Doull. Alongside this, he’s earned numerous world medals in road and track cycling, cementing his status as a true icon in the world of sport.
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
🥇Olympic gold in heptathlon: 2012 London
Set goals beyond belief, then achieve them with Jessica Ennis-Hill, Olympic Gold Medal-winning heptathlete. Jess is one of British sporting history's most successful and influential women. She's a European, Olympic and three-time World heptathlon champion, most memorably winning her Olympic gold medal in London in 2012. In 2017, she became the second woman (and the first British woman) to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pete Reed OBE
🥇 Olympic golds in rowing: 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio de Janeiro.
Pete Reed is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, former world champion, and Resilience master. A Royal Navy officer since 1999, he retired from rowing in 2018 to return to public duty at sea. In 2019, he tragically suffered a stroke, resulting in paralysis below his chest.
Pete has subsequently used his military skills and Olympic experience to make the most of his new life circumstances while teaching others how to do the same. Pete speaks honestly about his unique perspective on overcoming adversity and suffering, discovering that resilience can be trained in anyone.
Rebecca Romero MBE
🥇 Olympic gold in cycling: 2008 Beijing.
Having won Olympic medals in not one but two sports (rowing and cycling), Rebecca Romero is an absolute sporting legend. As a result of her immense success, Rebecca now shares the valuable lessons she's learned, teaching others how to apply her no-compromise strategy, drawing parallels between the sporting and business worlds.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
🥇 Paralympic golds in wheelchair racing: 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens.
One of Britain's greatest Paralympic athletes, Tanni Grey-Thompson has amassed a remarkable medal haul over 16 years and five Paralympic Games of 11 gold, four silver and a bronze — and no less than 30 world records. Tanni is here to energise your team and share her lessons from the most extraordinary sporting event of them all.
🥇 Olympic gold in boxing: 2000 Sydney.
Learn how to pack a punch with Audley Harrison, who represented GB at the 2000 Olympics. He came home as the first British boxer to win a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division. Discover how he beat the odds, taking on Kazakhstan's Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov in the final.
🥇 Paralympic gold in triathlon: 2020 Tokyo.
Jade Jones-Hall competes in the T54 category, is a medallist across multiple disciplines and is one of the most exciting talents in British Paralympic sport. Most recently, she has switched her attention away from the track and towards para-triathlon and marathon — resulting in top-tier success on the Tokyo Paralympics podium. An extremely self-assured and ambitious young athlete, Jade was shortlisted for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, has commented for Channel 4 during the IPC World Championships and has recently completed a law degree.
Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE
🥇 Olympic gold in field hockey: 2016 Rio de Janeiro.
Helen Richardson-Walsh represented Great Britain at the Sydney, Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games, scoring gold in 2016. Today, she’s an organisational psychologist focused on helping people and teams understand performance science, including the Tottenham Hotspur Women's football team.
Denise Lewis OBE
🥇 Olympic gold in heptathlon: 2000 Sydney.
On September 24th 2000, Denise Lewis' score of 6584 was enough to secure the Olympic heptathlon title at the Sydney Olympic Games. Today, Denise is a TV Broadcaster and the highly respected President of Commonwealth Games England — ready to share the secrets of elite success. Check out her stunning gold medal moment below.
James Cracknell OBE
🥇 Olympic golds in rowing: 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens.
Boasting not only two Olympic Gold Medals but six World Championship titles, James Cracknell is an inspiring sportsman, athlete and adventurer.James has completed several demanding challenges since his retirement that have been documented via several thrilling series and books. James will teach you how to master adaptability under extreme pressure, no matter the situation you’re thrown into.
Linford Christie OBE
🥇 Olympic gold in 100 metres: 1992 Barcelona.
Having competed over 60 times for his country, Linford Christie is the only British athlete to have won gold medals in the 100 metres at all four major competitions, and was the first European to have run sub ten seconds. Linford’s success in athletics has continued since his retirement in a coaching role. Super quick, super inspirational, and super keen to provide the motivation that your team needs.
🥇 Olympic gold in rowing: 2008 Beijing.
As an Olympic gold and silver medallist in rowing who competed at the Athens, Beijing and London Olympic Games, Mark Hunter has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of his journey. His personal insights into what it takes to work as a team in high pressure environments, the importance of communication and attention to detail will serve to inspire all.
Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
🥇 Olympic golds in rowing: 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens.
Discover the power of practice and persistence with Matthew Pinsent, an English rowing legend and well-loved sports broadcaster. During his rowing career, he won 10 world championship gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, three of which he won with good buddy Steve Redgrave. Since retiring from rowing, Matthew has worked for the BBC as a sports bulletin presenter and reporter.
Victoria Pendleton CBE
🥇 Olympic golds in cycling: 2008 Beijing (Sprint), 2012 London (Keirin).
Victoria is a double gold medal Olympian, all-round daredevil and adventurer. Commonwealth and European champion, she won admiration after her retirement when she returned to competition as a racing jockey — a story of perseverance and dedication. Always ready for an adrenaline-fuelled challenge, Victoria is an inspirational legend of sport and a competitor like no other.
Libby Clegg MBE
🥇 Paralympic golds in sprinting: 2016 Rio de Janeiro (100m T11, 200m T11).
Libby Clegg, a distinguished British track and field athlete, has achieved remarkable success with two Paralympic Gold medals, two Silvers, and numerous World, European, and Commonwealth titles. Despite battling Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy, a condition that severely limits her vision, Libby has excelled in her sport. Discover the secrets of perseverance and learn how to enhance accessibility for your workforce with Libby.
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