Sally Gunnell OBE

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Sally Gunnell OBE

Sally holds a place in the hearts of the nation as the most popular female sportswomen of our times, and one of our most successful.

Sally Gunnell is a British former track and field athlete who won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the 400 m hurdles.

Sally holds a place in the hearts of the nation as one of the most popular female sportswomen of our times, and our most successful. She is the only woman to hold four titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth.

Sally became part of the BBC Sport team and was a regular fixture on Athletics programmes throughout the Noughties, until 2006, interviewing athletes on the finish line and bringing the trackside atmosphere in to millions of living rooms across the UK. She has appeared in numerous TV shows including A Question of Sport and Total Wipeout. She is a regular on the Breakfast News sofas and conducts hundreds of radio interviews each year.

Sally’s unwavering motivation, dedication and self-belief that ensured her on-track success now inspires audiences everywhere…

Motivational Speaking:

Nothing inspires others like a true success story..

Expertise, mentality, organisation; three factors that shaped Sally’s career. With them she hit some incredible highs and recovered from some devastating lows. Book one of the best speakers around and join the many thousands of business people who have been inspired to be their best.

There are many similarities between high performance in the worlds of sport and business. Topics Sally addresses include:

  • Change Management
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • The space between talent and performance – Mental attitude
  • Need to achieve Vs Fear of failure
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Synergy – surrounding yourself with talent
  • Importance of wellbeing


Sally is a confident and established speaker.  She moves freely around the stage with a relaxed yet focused approach.  Her natural, unassuming manner draws her audiences in so they immediately identify with her and make for a warm and truly inspirational presentation.


Sally’s standard presentation concentrates on her drive for success and how she adapted her training regime and life as a whole to ensure she would achieve her ultimate goal of Olympic Gold; the specific techniques she absorbed to ensure her body was finely tuned at exactly the right moment for the ultimate competition; the inevitable low points and how one can use mental power to overcome failure and use it to your advantage – these are the signs of a true winner.  Sally believes winning is 70% mental and 30% physical and offers insight into the strategies she employed to ensure she won and won again.  She relates all her experiences to the non-sporting world offering tips to improve everyday performance.  She also relates her experiences to her post competitive career and current goals.

Sally’s experience allows her to tailor her presentation to incorporate specific corporate messages. She has provided dedicated sessions on coaching and working with the team around you, work-life balance and maintaining excellence.  She can work closely to a brief bringing her competitive experience into a concise corporate message.  Her natural and relaxed demeanour also ensures she is an effective awards host.


Sports / Motivational Speakers / Awards Host / Athletics

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