Steve Backley OBE was one of Britain’s most consistent athletes for over a decade and is now firmly established as one of the all time javelin greats having been ranked in the world top ten every year between 1989 and 2002.
After 7 Gold medals, a world record, two Olympic silver medals and one bronze, Steve finally hung up his javelin at the Olympic Games in Athens.
A constant fixture in the National Athletics Team, standing on podiums and setting world records, Steve is the only British track and field competitor to win medals at three different Olympic Games – Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney.
Backley first made his mark winning silver at the 1988 Junior World Championships and breaking the world junior record in the same year. He went on in his first two years as a senior athlete to be the world’s number one javelin thrower, the first time ever for a British athlete and in 1989 claimed the UK and Commonwealth records.
In 1990 Steve gained gold medals at both the European and Commonwealth Championships and he also became the first British male to set a World Record in a throws event when he threw 89.58m in Stockholm, Sweden. He broke this record himself later that year when he threw 90.98m at Crystal Palace.
In 1992 he beat his own record by throwing 91.46m in New Zealand.
Steve Backley has continually fought back from injury setbacks in his career, including a ruptured achilles and shoulder and abductor injuries, however his determination has meant that he has been able to triumph over adversity.
Steve Backley – Motivational Speaker:
Following his retirement after the Athens Olympics in 2004, Steve Backley is now recognised as a leading motivational speaker.
With a background in Sports Psychology, Steve has a wealth of knowledge to impart and a long and successful career to back up his theories.
Steve utlines clear attributes that he believes are required to ensure success then displays how he put them into practice with humorous anecdotal tales of his own performances.
Steve’s immediately likeable personality coupled with his direct and straightforward style make for a great combination and inspirational and informative presentation.
Steve’s speaking titles include:
Success is a Decision, Not a Gift:
His leading presentation “Success is a Decision, not a Gift” defines the 5 main attributes which he believes will ensure success in any walk of life, namely:
- How to plan for life
- How to develop profound self-belief and deal with failure
- How to understand your weaknesses (and what to do about them)
- How to reach your maximum performance
- How to develop passion for your life
How to Thrive when Faced with Adversity:
Steve was one of very few athletes who was able to recover from injury and return to the very top of his event
He can teach you what he learned in overcoming adversity and delivering when it seemed that all the odds were stacked against him.
- How to Develop + Sustain a good performance when others may fail.
- Visualisation – the key to performing consistency under pressure
How to Build Your Dream Team:
Surrounding yourself with the right people is essential for continued success.
At the last Olympics in 2004, Steve had 13 people in his extensive and highly effective team
- Steve breaks down the 7 aspects behind a winning team into a simple and teachable model that is easy to follow and effective at transforming your team to perform at its optimum.