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Sally Gunnell

Sally Gunnell

The most popular and successful female sportswomen of our time

Celebrities, Arts & Culture, Leadership & Motivation

  • Topics: Motivation, Celebrity, Sports
  • Languages: English
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  • Motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Goal Setting
  • Leadership

Sally Gunnell holds a place in the hearts of the nation as 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-plus the 400m. hurdles world record.

Sally has been motivating audiences for a number of organizations speaking at meeting, seminars and conferences. Sally prefers to work closely with clients tailoring her speeches for their individual needs and key messages and uses team work, visualisation and goal setting as platforms to relate her own success.

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, and how those experiences shaped her post competitive career and current goals.

Sally’s adaptability 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.

Key Points:

Since her retirement from athletics Sally has written extensively on health and fitness subjects for the national press and has also produced four books on the subject. She has featured on many TV and Radio Programmes for both Independent Television and the BBC . At the moment she is presenting and interviewing for BBC Sport at all the major athletic events around the world.

She is currently an ambassador for Team GB, London 2012. She is a patron of Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice providing care and support for families of children with a life-limiting illnesses and a patron of The Point Foundation, an organisation dedicated to helping children in deprived areas of South Africa and Rwanda. She is also a patron of the GLL Sports Foundation, which provides funding and training grants to help the next generation of sporting hopefuls.

“We were looking for a speaker who could inspire attendees at a conference, the main theme for which was: winning in the new environment. Sally did a great job in this capacity, as a living example and through the key messages in her speech. All in all, a great success!”
Brian Freidman, Ernst & Young

“Sally, your talk has had a tremendous effect on the thousands of delegates who attended our conference. You were so relatable and you have inspired them to focus on their objectives and persist until they win. Thank you!!”
Consultant International, Business System.

“Sally gave an inspiring presentation and the CSO team left the meeting feeling very motivated. It was valuable seeing how Sally related her experiences to the every day challenges in the workplace.”
Rachael French, Communications Manager
IBM Customer Support Operations

“…You can take messages from Sally's speech without having to have the vision of winning an Olympic Gold and the message fitted extremely well with everything else we were doing during the 2-day conference. On the evening itself a number of people mentioned how nice it was that Sally and her husband mingled quite happily and appeared very relaxed chatting to people in the bar prior to dinner and joined in conversations quite happily at the dinner table and afterwards. Sally was very happy to have photographs taken and to sign autographs - again something that our guys appreciated. From the point of view of the person who selected Sally as the speaker - I reckon I made a good choice!…”
Pam Norton, Synstar

‘On behalf of Rolls-Royce, I would like to thank you for your inspirational contribution to our conference. Your portrayal of the formation of your back-up team and the success that it subsequently brought you was very relevant to the theme of our conference. The conference delegates were delighted that, following the dinner, you gave your time for photo-calls and autographs, the finished the evening both inspired and thrilled!’
Nick Durham Rolls-Royce Plc

“Sally is an accomplished speaker - her bright and bubbly personality combined with a quick and powerful style of delivery will enliven any event.”

Sally Gunnell provided a fantastic finale to our Women's Network conference. Her talk was engaging and interesting, and was very well-received. The story Sally told of perseverance and self-belief sent out an excellent message to the women of CBRE and I would highly recommend her as a speaker at any type of function.
Elizabeth Thetford, Executive Director EMEA Legal & Compliance, CB Richard Ellis Limited

"We have received nothing but praise for the day which was a resounding success. Everybody who I have spoken to found your talk extremely motivating and entertaining.”
Sally Davies Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw

“We were absolutely delighted with Sally’s presentation…she hit all the right notes and went down a storm with our people.”
Head of HR Randstad UK

“Sally was the consumate professional and we were delighted with her presentation and input”
West Midlands Regional Assembly “Living Well in the West Midlands” Launch Event

“I’d like to extend sincerest thanks to you for making our Early Years Professional Celebration Ceremony such a memorable event. We found you passion for early years care and development and your personal experiences inspirational.”
Children’s Workforce Development Council

“Sally Gunnell’s speech was excellent with some great focus on the importance of team work”.
Magsell 08

"Sally, your talk has had a tremendous effect on the thousands of delegates who
attended our conference. You were so relatable and you have inspired them to
focus on their objectives and persist until they win. Thank you!!"
Jerry Scriven Business Development Consultant International Business Systems

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