British athlete Steve Backley OBE will go down in history as one of the world's greatest Javelin throwers; winning seven gold medals, three Olympic medals (two silvers one bronze), breaking the World Record no less than three times throughout the course of his career and being crowned 'World Athlete of the Year' by the IAAF in 1990.
He was also one of Britain's longest-standing athletes, with a career that spanned 15 years at the top of his sport, and the only British track and field competitor to win medals at three different Olympic Games. Steve was ranked in the world's top ten every year between 1989 and 2002. In acknowledgement, he was awarded an MBE in 1995 and OBE in 2002, after being the first British athlete to successfully win four consecutive European Championship titles.
Since retiring after the 2004 Olympic Games, Steve has established himself as a popular motivational speaker and mentor in the corporate world with over 9 years speaking experience. He has authored three inspirational books – ‘The Winning Mind’, ‘The Little Book of Inspiration’ and, most recently, ‘The Champion in All of Us: 12 Rules for Success’.
Steve also maintains a high public profile, as a regular BBC sports commentator (and an integral part of the BBC commentary team for the London 2012 Olympics), in addition to competing in light entertainment such as Dancing on Ice, Celebrity Britain's Best Dish, All Star Mr and Mrs and The Real Hustle among others.
Steve is regularly booked both as an after-dinner speaker and motivational keynote speaker, where he pairs inspirational and practical key messages for self and team improvement with amusing anecdotes of Olympics tales.
Success is a decision, not a gift
How to thrive when faced with adversity
Building a 'dream team' in business
In addition to his ability as an individual speaker, Steve also shares the stage with fellow Olympian Roger Black in a special collaborated speech which focusses on transferring Olympic performance into the workplace.
Steve Backley and Roger Black can also offer full-day workshops for 20-40 people.
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