Jonathan Edwards: Biography highlights
A sought after speaker who has worked on numerous high-profile events, Jonathan Edwards is well placed to inspire others and to motivate them to achieve their goals.
Full biography of Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards’ background
Jonathan Edwards, Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion in athletics has truly secured himself a place in sporting history. An Olympic Ambassador and member of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for 2012, Edwards is now Chair of the Sports Advisory Group and a BBC sports commentator and presenter.
A natural athlete with a winning spirit and a comfortable, confident approach, Edwards can inspire and motivate audiences of all sizes. Taking the lessons he learned as a triple jumper, he is able to teach listeners how to apply the right mental attitude for success in both team and individual pursuits.
Edwards dedication and natural talent have seen him take a place in UK athletic history. He won a gold medal at the World Championships in 1995, becoming the first to carry out a jump of over 18 metres (setting a World Record 18.16 metres) before breaking his own record in the same competition, with a jump of 18.29 metres. He has since said that when he achieved these amazing records, he felt as though he could jump as far as he needed to in order to triumph. After the historic 1995 Championships, Edwards continued to excel. At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, he earned a silver medal with a jump of 17.88 metres and was awarded his MBE later the same year, in recognition of his achievements. He was even more successful at the Sydney Games in 2000, winning gold. The 2001 World Championships and the 2002 Commonwealth Games were also highlights of Edwards career, as he won gold at both. Such was his performance that he was awarded a CBE in 2001.
In 2003, Edwards retired from professional athletics, having become one of the most successful British athletes of all time. Following this move, Edwards decided to start a television career. Due to his religious beliefs at the time, he worked with Songs of Praise on BBC 1 for some time. He also combined his love of sport with his love of TV work and began working as a sports commentator. In 2007 and 2009, he presented the televised International Olympic Committee (IOC) sessions. He has appeared on a charity special of the popular TV quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire on ITV, a clear indicator that he has become a household name. Edwards worked representing athletics for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in preparation for the historic London games in 2012. This role in the Games, his positive attitude and his sporting prowess mean that he is now a sought after speaker, one who has worked with numerous high profile clients.
Awards, Accolades, Achievements, Honours
- World Record Holder (Men’s Triple Jump) since 1995
- Olympic champion
- World Champion
- European Champion
- Commonwealth Champion
Current/Past Roles and Positions
- Honorary Doctorate University of Exeter (2006)
- Honorary Doctorate – University of Ulster (2006)
- CBE (2001)
- MBE (1996)
- Sports Personality of the Year (1995)
- The Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre has been named for him
- at West Buckland School
- Chair – Sports Advisory Group
- Member – Athletes Advisory Group
Watch Jonathan in action
Jonathan was excellent and was a big surprise to many of the Partners attending. The approach he and I took to presenting in an interview style on stage was remarked on as being a refreshing change. They thought Jonathans style of talking with the audience rather than at them helped with the engagement and capturing of messages he was making.'
SKF and Lundstrom Events
'We are extremely happy and pleased with Jonathan's professional performance. He was so easy going and a great guy to work with. The anniversary dinner was a huge success and we have had many mails from all over the world from guests who are stunned over the high level of entertainment. Jonathan was a big part of this success.'
'I would like to thank Jonathan for the most inspiring and thought provoking presentation. The feedback we have received on the presentation has been overwhelming...'
'Engaging openness honesty, insight to challenges and pressure, how he dealt with it and the key to his success. He provided personal exposure to his views on success which were very useful and insightful - people warmed to him and wanted to listen to him. He attracted large audience and helped us finish the day with a wow factor.'
'Jonathan attracted a large audience and helped us finish the day with a wow factor. He talked personally about views and experiences and we had the impression that we were genuinely shown the real person. He provided personal exposure to his views on success which were very useful and insightful and also picked up on our language/culture. His status as world/gold champion and as a household name meant that we were in awe of him particularly because of his achievements. People warmed to him and wanted to listen to him and he created a feel good factor.'
'Your speech was truly enlightening and stimulating and provided a unique insight into the challenges faced by an elite sportsman. It was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the conference and was extremely well received by the delegates.'
'He had researched the audience thoroughly and his presentation was both interesting and inspirational. In addition he was very personable and spent a lot of time meeting clients, signing autographs and posing for photographs.'