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Rowing champion Katherine Grainger achieved her dream of winning a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and is Britain's most successful female rower.

A talented individual sportswoman, Grainger is also an asset to teams. She has excelled in single, double and quadruple scull competitions and even as part of a team of eight. Being a team member in such a high pressure environment can prove a challenge, but Graingers humour, good nature and communication skills mean that she is a valued and motivational team player. 

A champion sportsman who made tennis the sport to watch and inspired a generation through the number of matches he has won over a successful career.

  • Youngest winner of a men's singles title at Wimbledon (aged 17)
  • Won Olympic gold in doubles
  • Six time Grand Slam singles champion
  • One of Tennis magazine's top 40 players between 1965 - 2005
  • Winner of 49 singles title
  • Winner of 15 doubles titles


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Amusing, informal, interactive, passionate and story-telling

Inspirational speaker and author of Taming Tigers.

Inspirational and energetic, Jim Lawless is a speaker who is not afraid to put his theories into practice to prove that ordinary people can do amazing things. With his talks, workshops and conference keynotes, he transforms attitudes with his belief that everyone must be a risk taker, acquire leadership skills and learn to communicate effectively.

Famous for her skill in football management and for her role on The Apprentice, Karren Brady CBE truly has smashed the 'glass ceiling' and is an inspiration for women everywhere.

The Vice Chairman of West Ham Football Club and Lord Sugar's trusted aide on The Apprentice, Karren Brady is one of the UK's most successful businesswomen. A role model for women of all ages, she has overcome adversity during her career and has had to rely on her business intuition and passion, progressing from an early career in sales to become the managing director of Birmingham City F.C. at the age of just 23.

The driving force behind the successful London 2012 Olympic Games and now President Elect of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Throughout his career Sebastian Coe has demonstrated not only his talent as an athlete, politician or leader but his commitment and determination to succeed. From Olympic Gold medals and World records in middle distance running to political life and his own business interests, to securing the winning bid for the 2012 Olympics for London and then leading the team that delivered the most successful Olympics in modern times.

Director of Sport for Team GB at the London Olympics and expert in building high performance teams in business and sport.

Sir Clive Woodward, former England rugby player and coach is a legendary figure in British sport. In 2012 he led the British Olympic Team to a string of stunning successes at the London games. But it his flair for using business skills to produce sporting excellence and sports values to inspire business success that marks him out as unique.
World class leader in both business and sport.

TV Presenter, Sportswoman & Adventurer, Rowed the Atlantic Single-handed

TV presenter, sportswoman and adventurer who rowed the Atlantic single-handed. Debra Searle is a also a top motivational speaker.

Named FIFA's 'Best Referee of the Year' six times in a row, it is no exaggeration to call Collina the most talented of his generation and a living legend of football refereeing

  • One of the most brilliant football referees of all time .
  • Though retired, Collina is still an advisor to top football organisations
  • Expert in self-motivation and leadership
  • His book, 'The Rules of the Game', has been translated into ten languages
  • A passionate and engaging speaker, Collina is available to present in English or Italian

The most successful Olympic sailor of all time.

Sir Ben Ainslie has described his recent knighthood as the proudest moment of his life. One of the world's best sailors, he has succeeded in becoming Olympic sailing champion four times, World Champion eleven times and European Champion nine times. His dedication, enthusiasm and indomitable spirit have set him apart in the world of sport and have enabled him to change sailing class from Laser to Finn part way through his career - and then to become the most successful Finn sailor of all time.

Renowned for her charisma and sporting prowess, Aimee Mullins has succeeded against the odds. 

She was the first amputee to compete in the NCAA games, which then lead to her competing in other championships and setting world records in several different athletic sports. Also an actress and model, Mullins has a wide experience to draw on while speaking.

Actress, athlete and model
Being an amputee did not stand in the way of her dreams!


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