Anyika Onoura

Anyika Onuora made her Olympic debut in 2008 as part of the wider 4 x 100m relay squad but had to wait another long 4 years before making it on to the race track having narrowly missed out on final team selection in Beijing.  At London 2012 Anyika competed in the Olympic stadium in both the 100m and 200m individual events.  Three years later in 2015 Anyika made the decision to change race discipline to take on the longer, gruelling sprint endurance of 400 metres. This change proved to be a successful one for Anyika and just one year later at the Rio Olympics she received her Olympic Bronze medal along with her teammates in the 4×4 relay.

Leading up to 2016 Anyika enjoyed relay success at the World Championships, again picking up a Bronze whilst also winning relay Gold at the European championships and individual 400 metre bronze.

In October 2015 Anyika travelled to Nigeria and unfortunately contracted the disease Malaria. At a time when she should have been ramping up her winter training Anyika was, instead, extremely ill for several weeks. If her diagnosis had come just a few hours later the outcome could have been worse for her; a lot worse. She was told by her consultant that she was lucky to be alive. The time spent in hospital was extremely tough and there were days when Anyika wondered if she would make it out but after experiencing extreme fevers Anyika started to build her strength; quite literally step by step. She first learnt how to walk again then started to run and eventually got back to the training track. 10 months after contracting the disease Anyika was stood on the Olympic podium.

Anyika only told a couple of her GB squad team mates about her illness, she did not want to use it as any kind of weakness. In contrast her experience has taught her quite how much strength she does have.

Anyika’s story is one of perseverance, whether that is dealing with body confidence issues, fighting harder following non-selection or working hard to get back to fitness after a life-threatening illness.  An eloquent and engaging speaker with a story that will inspire many to dig deep and understand that there is always more strength in our tank than we first think.

In November 2019 Anyika announced her retirement from athletics after a 20-year involvement in the sport.

Roger Black MBE

Roger’s standard speech is designed to engage the audience in the lessons learnt throughout my athletics career, which resulted in him achieving his dream of standing on the Olympic rostrum in Atlanta in 1996.
The session includes a selection of Olympic images and archive race footage of the Gold Medal Winning 1991 World Championships 4x400m Relay. Audience members can also reflect and learn from the performance lessons of Team GB, who delivered on the greatest stage of all, the London 2012 Olympic Games, coming third on the medal table and four years later, improved their performance to come second on the medal table at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

There are many similarities between high performance in the worlds of sport and business. Topics he will address including:

• Change management
• Overcoming adversity
• Talent is not enough
• Need to achieve v Fear of failure
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Ownership/accountability
• Synergy – surrounding yourself with talent
• Pro-active vs Re-active

His particular areas of interest are:
• The space between talent and performance, the attitude and behaviours of
world class performers
• The balance between individual and team success.

Kate Richardson-Walsh

As captain of the England and GB women’s hockey teams for 13 years and an international player for 17 Kate was an integral part of the squad, unanimously voted in her by her teammates for her ability to lead by example, nurture talent and bring the best out of people.  Her career started in 1999 and she reached the pinnacle of the game, amassing 3 Commonwealth Games medals as well as bronze at London 2012 and of course Olympic gold in Rio. Glory however did not always come easily – in London 2012 Kate’s jaw was broken in the first match, but her determination was on display as she returned after only 2 games to play with a plate in her jaw and a facial mask. In 2014 the team hit a new low with a 10th place finish at the Hockey World Cup when they had arrived as favourites.

Such experiences form the bedrock of Kate’s speaking, as she shares her personal experiences of leadership, team building, goal setting and high performance. Away from the field she also reflects on the importance of inclusive diversity. Having married her team mate Helen in 2013, Kate describes hockey as her ‘safe space’, a family which accepted her for who she was and whose only expectation was that she gave her best every day.

As a female leader who reached the pinnacle of her career she also speaks passionately about equality of opportunity for women and the need for flexibility in what a leader should look and sound like. Her own early attempts at leadership she readily admits were underwhelming, until she realised that she needed to find her own style, which was not necessarily a kind that she had seen before. In her words ‘You need to see it to be it’. In other words, the more diversity we see in leadership, the more women will have the confidence to think it is something that they can do even if they don’t fit a stereotypical mould.

With thought provoking content combined with a natural sense of humour and down to earth persona, Kate receives glowing feedback and has quickly established herself as one of the most in demand speakers around.

Gordon Sherry

Gordon Sherry was born in Kilmarnock on April 8th 1974. Gordon attended Stirling University between 1992 and 1996 and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry. During these years Gordon’s golf developed greatly. Unlike his adversaries Gordon declined the opportunity to pursue a College Career in the US.

The main reason for this was his coach Bob Torrance. Gordon lost the final of the Amateur Championship in 1994 and the same year represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy and the Eisenhower Trophy. In 1995 Gordon went one better in the Amateur Championship by winning the Golf medal at Royal Liverpool. He then went on to finish 4th in the Scottish Open at Carnoustie followed by a whirlwind week at St Andrews during the Open where he played with Watson, Norman, Nicklaus, Singh, Mickelson and Calcavecchia. Most people remember that week for the hole in one he had whilst playing with Watson and Nicklaus. Gordon played in the victorious Walker Cup team in 1995 at Royal Porthcawl opposite a certain Mr Tiger Woods. Unlike what is commonly thought, Gordon played against Notah Begay III and Chris Riley in the singles matches and not Tiger.

Gordon turned professional in 1996 after playing in the US Masters in Augusta, Georgia. Gordon competed on Tour until 2004 enjoying a rollercoaster of results.

He is now a fully qualified PGA Professional and CEO of The Links Group, incorporating The Links Club – one of the world’s most exclusive golfing clubs, and Links Management International which concentrates on high performance management of players. Gordon will be returning to Augusta for only the second time since he played, as Former Open and Masters Champion Sandy Lyles agent. At 6ft 8 Gordon has the distinguished record of being the tallest man ever to play in the US Masters, and is now established as a highly accomplished keynote speaker. Gordon’s keynote is entirely golf related and is a story of the key moments in his golfing career with a number of the world’s golfing greats. The keynote, while informative, is packed with hilarious anecdotes and there are helpful tips for golfers of all abilities. He lives in Helensburgh, Scotland with wife Alison and their five children Thomas, Anna, Lara, Lucy and Holly.

John Hawksworth

Having started playing golf at the age of eight, the sport has been a major part of John’s life for well over twenty-five years.

John worked he way up through the amateur ranks, starting at county level, where he represented Lancashire, and then went on to represent Great Britain and Ireland in the 1985 Walker Cup in America. His team mates included eight times Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie, and on the opposing side, the likes of major winner Davis Love III.

John then progressed to the professional ranks where he played on the PGA European Tour from 1986–2000.

He started working within the TV industry in the mid 90’s but became regularly involved with television commentary from 2000 onwards.

His media career started with Talk Sport Radio before being summoned to the BBC for a voice test after which he was offered a position as an on-course commentator for BBC Golf.

With over 25 years of golfing knowledge and experience plus a proven track record as a commentator and interviewer, he is regularly in demand to appear as an after dinner speaker at a wide range of different venues.

He will entertain your guests with his golf stories and experiences through the decades. From playing in the Walker Cup with Colin Montgomerie to the trials and tribulations of the European Tour and right up to the present day as a golf commentator and pundit.

He will take you through his travels across the continents with stories such as him coming face to face with a gun toting American on a course in Florida, nearly missing the British Open because of overzealous Marshalls and being deported from Czechoslovakia at gunpoint!

John is also available as a corporate commentator – Corporate Commentary is an entirely new concept for corporate hosting at golf events.

Eddie Gray

An illustrious 20 year career with Leeds United where he made 561 appearances and scored 68 goals from his position as winger and has the distinction of never being booked in his entire playing career, including his 12 International caps for Scotland

He won the FA Cup in 1972 and was on the losing side in 1973 as Leeds lost to Sunderland.

Gray assumed the role of player manager in 1982 before retiring from playing to concentrate on management. He stayed at Elland Road as manager until 1985

After leaving Leeds, he had spells managing both Rochdale and Hull in the football league before joining up with Leeds United again in the 90s as youth team manager and later reserve team boss. Eddie still works as a match commentator on the Clubs Radio Station, and for BBC Yorkshire Radio.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ebony-Jewel Cora-Lee Camelia Rainford-Brent is a World Cup Winning Cricketer, Broadcaster, Motivational Speaker and Performance Coach.

Ebony is a former English cricketer who was part of the squad that won the 2009 World Cup, World T20 and Women’s Ashes. Since retiring from sport, Ebony has gone on to a career in the media including becoming a broadcaster and commentator for the flagship BBC programme ‘Test Match Special’, as well as following her passion for personal development as a Motivational Speaker and Performance Coach.

 

Duncan Goodhew MBE

Duncan is a former Olympic swimming champion and is one of the worlds instantly recognisable athletes. Duncan was Captain of the GB swim team at the 1980 Olympic Games where he won gold in the 100 metres breaststroke and a bronze on the 4×100 metres medley relay.

This was merely the beginning for Duncan Goodhew who quickly, at the age of 23, adapted the lessons learnt in the pool to assist business teams to find inspiration and effective ways to overcome the obstacles to success. Inducted by IBM, he has worked with 100’s of leading businesses and organisations.

Duncan Goodhew’s business experience stretches form arranging large sponsorship to corporate fundraising and business introductions.

In his book, Sink or Swim, Duncan Goodhew draws on the events of his own life and the long and arduous grind of training for competitive swimming, where your skills will be judged on a performance which is over in less time than it’ll take you to read this paragraph.

He addresses such issues as how to get yourself motivated (as well as how to stay motivated) and, perhaps most important of all, that success is an entirely individual matter. This is a book which can be applied to home and family life as well as life in the office and addresses the issue of making sure you set your own criteria for achievement – rather than simply meeting the expectations of other people.

He is also the author of the motivational book “Fix Your Life Now.” Duncan’s vast experience in sport and personal experience of striving to be the best and the challenges one faces, along with his comforting and personable manner makes him an ideal speaker.ed the nature of success – and shows you how to achieve it.

 

James Haskell

An England international from the age of 21, James Haskell has enjoyed an impressive career on the rugby pitch. The flanker has featured for some of the biggest rugby clubs in the world, as well as making 77 caps at international level. James has pushed himself to the top throughout 16 years in the game. James moved to Northampton Saints in 2016, making them the sixth team he has played for. Prior to his move, he made a splash at several clubs.

After having represented England at all the youth levels, James’ efforts won him an international call-up and soon he was a key player in the England team. He made his international debut in the final game of the 2007 Six Nations, against Wales.

He was a member of the 2011 World Cup side which reached the Quarter Finals and again in the 2015 Rugby World Cup team. Alongside his international appearances, he has twice played for the British and Irish Lions, becoming the man of the series in the 3-0 series win over Australia.

The stories of James’ remarkable career in rugby continues to impress sporting and corporate audiences around the world. He is able to expertly speak on peak performance, teamwork, leadership, drive, sporting success and more.

Derek Redmond

Derek Redmond is an outstanding Olympic champion. Derek broke the British record in the 400m for the first time 1985 in a time of 44.82 seconds beating the 10-year-old mark set by David Jenkins. He then in 1987 reclaimed the record from Roger Black in 44.5 seconds and held it until it was finally broken in 1992 by a mere 0.03 100’s of a second.

As well as being a world record setter, Derek also won a number of competition and medals. He was Commonwealth & European Champion in 4 x 400m Relay in 1991, World silver medallist in 1987 and World Gold Medallist in the 4 x 400m Relay in 1991, setting yet another British European and Commonwealth record and also running the second fastest time ever recorded for the 4 x 400m.

Derek’s increasing career was halted by a serious injury. He endured no less than 13 operations on his Achilles tendons and knees which finally forced him to pull out of many major competitions.

Derek draws on his vast experiences as an international and Olympic sportsman to provide a fascinating and inspirational platform for his motivational speeches. In telling his story, Derek takes the audience on a emotional roller coaster, in giving away his secrets of success along with those to survive and succeed in a team.