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One of the UK’s finest female athletes of all time
Sally Gunnell OBE DL is still the only British female athlete to have won Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles, and was the first female 400 metres hurdler in history to win Olympic and World titles and break the world record.
What Sally Gunnell's clients say
"Sally presented very clearly and in a friendly and encouraging way. In 40 minutes, Sally covered the key areas of wellbeing, putting into context how she mentally and physically prepared for the Championships & Olympics. Her keynote presentation, and answers to the many questions that followed, was inspirational. We have had many notes of appreciation, several coming within an hour of Sally’s closing remarks. I would thoroughly recommend Sally as wellbeing and motivational speaker for any occasion. Furthermore, Sally’s PA was very helpful and extremely efficient – communication was clear and timely - our initial enquiry was made less than 3 weeks before the event, but it could not have gone any smoother, thank you Vicky and Sally."
"Sally is an incredible individual a world-beater. Sally has achieved so much in her career and private life and is a great role model. When Sally presents to any audience, young or old, she captivates them and takes them on her incredible journey. I can highly recommend Sally."
"We couldn’t have asked for any more from Sally’s keynote at our inaugural National School Business Leaders Day virtual event. She was candid about her experiences and incredibly inspiring, covering topics including mindset and resilience which resonated perfectly with the audience. She was incredibly generous in her advice and delivered everything with a perfect measure of humour. Our delegates offered spontaneous recognition and thanks throughout the speech via the online chat, and afterwards, our social channels were full of awe, enthusiasm and support for the themes Sally covered, and her delivery. I’d also like to mention how brilliant Sally and her team were in the build up to the event, giving of their time to prepare technically and also adding a splash of positive thinking to calm our own pre-event nerves! We would recommend Sally without hesitation and hope that we have the opportunity to work with her again."
"Sally was the ultimate professional and incredibly friendly. She listened carefully to the brief and adapted her approach to suit. She even went out of her way to make sure that we got what we needed. She shared her experiences simply yet powerfully and gave great advice. People were talking about her and the advice she gave long after the event was finished."
"Sally joined us for our 2021 kickoff meeting and it was the perfect way to start the new year with the team. It was over zoom, of course, but that did not take away one bit. She was so engaging, funny, and extraordinarily inspirational. We're an HR tech company but Sally did a wonderful job of tying her Olympic experience to ours as individuals. We highly recommend having Sally join you for a speech!"
"I highly recommend Sally as an inspirational speaker and for wellbeing and Resilience training. She has done a couple of sessions for us at Elior UK and they have been practical and interesting and very unique. Her approach is particularly apt now as we have to lift each other out of the pandemic trough. Thank you Sally!"
"As part of our World Mental Health Day support this year we welcomed Olympic hero Sally Gunnell who told her story of resilience and mental strength to achieve success. Our aim of the talk was to inspire Adobe employees to invest in their own mental fitness so they can too can be at their best both personally and professionally. Thank you Sally! It gave many of us an emotional trip down memory lane to see the Barcelona race once more!"
"I was thrilled when Sally was able to join us for our Prize Day. She was delightful, inspirational, down-to-earth and natural. A fine example to our students."
"Sally’s speech was highly inspirational and motivational. Her story, while unrelated to our profession, was easily translatable to our line of work. She went down a storm with our delegates and would be an ideal speaker for virtually any audience."
"Sally was the ideal speaker to engage our audience of HR Directors. Our company regularly engages with HR Directors and are always trying to find a topic and speaker who will resonate with them. Sally delivered a highly interactive talk on 'resilience' explaining to our audience of HR Directors the challenges she overcame in her athletic career and how this translated into her business career. Sally provided an ideal blend of theory and practice, which resonated perfectly with the audience. I would thoroughly recommend Sally to other organisations."
Sally Gunnell's 2023 biography
Sally Gunnell’s historic achievements:
World Athletic Championships
- 1993 Gold medal in Stuttgart (Sally also broke the world record at this meet)
- 1993 Bronze medal in Stuttgart (4*400m relay)
- 1991 Silver medal in Tokyo
- 1994 Gold medal in Victoria
- 1994 Gold medal in Victoria (4*400m relay)
- 1990 Gold medal in Auckland
- 1990 Gold medal in Auckland(4*400m relay)
- 1986 Gold medal in Edinburgh (100m hurdles)
European Athletic Championships
- 1994 Gold medal in Helsinki
Sally still regularly delivers her motivational and inspirational keynotes round her two incredible journeys, first to Olympic Gold (1992) and then the following year winning gold at the Worlds (1993).
Her journey to Olympic gold tracks the trials and tribulations to achieving her childhood dream. The processes she needed to put in place, as well as working on the missing piece of the puzzle – mental strength, overcoming self-doubt, using the power of visualisation! It was about executing the perfect race. Controlling only what she could control! Running her own race.
Her journey to gold at the World champ gold the following year, was where she really learnt a lot about herself. Having achieved her childhood dream the previous year, where would she find the motivation from to perform again under the pressure of the world stage. To add to that pressure Sally was not fighting fit. Suffering with a bad cold, how easy would it have been not to take part. She had the perfect excuse. But that was not what Sally was about! Drawing heavily on the power of the mind, locking away that inner voice of self-doubt!
Resilience / Wellbeing:
This is a topic Sally has spoken on countless times over the past 2 years.
The keynote is based on her combined learnings and experience from her sporting career and the parallels between sport and business.
Resilience is about having the ability to cope with stress and pressure when the going gets tough! When life knocks you down, having the strength to get back up, again and again. The tips and tricks audiences go away with are invaluable to both their work and home life, and the individual and the business. It’s about being proactive rather than reactive. Implementing small changes that are sustainable but collectively make the greatest difference!
Sally weaves in key areas individuals can address that will support their wellbeing and improve their confidence: Fuelling ourselves, being Active, the power of Sleep, Mental strength, and Fulfilment, which comes from witnessing our own growth.
We have all had to overcome a great deal in the past two years. Now it’s about finding the confidence to move forward into a new reality. Covid-19 is part of life now and we need to be more resilient to deal with it and that comes down to looking after our wellbeing!
Sally is Head of Health and Wellness at www.temponutrition.com, and along with her husband, launched www.optimiseyourage.com, a conversation around changing the narrative on growing older and giving individuals the tools and understanding to live well for longer.
Sally Gunnell's 2023 speaking fees
- United Kingdom
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