Sharron Davies MBE has occupied a position as one of the UK’s best known and most popular sports women since she burst onto the scene as a 13 year old Olympian in 1976.
As a sportswoman, television presenter, devoted mother, model, charity worker and author Sharron enjoys remarkable popularity among 8 to 80 year olds.
Having first swum for Britain at the extraordinary age of 11, Sharron Davies was selected for the 1976 Montreal Olympics and instantly became a household name.
At only 14 she confirmed her talents by winning two European Bronze medals – only losing out to the then all conquering East Germans. But it was in 1978 that 15-year-old Sharron stormed to the first of her many successes winning Commonwealth gold medals in both 200 and 400m Individual Medley events.
Her astonishing form continued and in 1980 she took a battling silver at the Moscow Olympics just behind Petra Schneider. Ms Schneider has since admitted that her performance was heavily drug enhanced.
At the age of 18, Sharron decided she needed a break from training and competition and ‘retired’ to pursue a media career. However she eventually found the lure of the water too much and returned in 1989 and promptly regained her national 200m title.
As ladies captain of the British team’s 1990 Commonwealth Games squad, she led from the front and returned with silver and bronze medals.
Twice voted British Press Sportswoman of the Year, Sharron’s incredible international career spanned three decades, included numerous major titles and medals, 200 British records, some of which stand to this day (including the 20- year-old 400 IM record), 5 World Masters records and an MBE awarded by the Queen for services to sport.
Life after competing:
Sharron Davies has become a regular on television and in the press. As a key member of BBC television’s commentating and presenting team she has covered many major events including the Seoul, Atlanta, Sydney, Beijing and London Olympics.
Sharron has also presented The Big Breakfast, been the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, adorned the covers of many leading magazines, written for publications such as Cosmopolitan and The Independent, as well as contributing magazine features on one of her biggest hobbies – interior design.
Other television work includes a successful 26 part series on Parenting and ITV’s Gladiators where as ‘Amazon’ she won over a whole new generation of fans.
More recently Sharron co-presented Channel Five’s revival of the long running celebrity sports competition ‘Superstars’ and competed on ITV’s ‘Dancing on Ice’.
Sharron Davies – Motivational Speaker:
Sharron has known triumph and adversity and knows what it takes to operate at the highest level, to prioritise, multi-task, overcome obstacles and attain success.
As a speaker Sharron can focus on the following topics:
- Peak Performance
- Preparation & Execution
- Goal Setting
- Teamwork & Support
- Confidence in Performance
- Clear Hurdles
- Aspire to Success