Sir Steve Redgrave – Olympic Legend and Motivational, Teamwork and Leadership Speaker
Born in March 1962, in Marlow, Quintuple Olympic Gold Medallist Rower Sir Steve Redgrave has proved himself the greatest Olympian Britain has ever produced. After striking gold in Sydney he became the only British athlete ever to have won Gold Medals at five consecutive Olympic Games.
Gold for the Coxed Fours in Los Angeles in 1984, followed by Gold with his previous partner Andy Holmes in the Coxless Pairs at Seoul in 1988, Gold with partner Matthew Pinsent for the Coxless Pairs at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and of course, the famous win in the Coxless Fours at the Sydney Olympics.
In addition to his Olympic successes and following four unbeaten seasons from 1993 to 1996, Steve Redgrave won his ninth World Championship Gold in August 1999 in St Catherines, Canada. His previous World Championship Golds were in 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998.
Sir Steve Regrave has also won many other honours in the sport over the past eleven years, including the Henley Royal Regatta Diamond Sculls several times and the Silver Goblets a record seven times. In 1986 Steve became a Triple Commonwealth Gold Medallist at Edinburgh, winning the Single Scull, Coxless Pairs, and Coxed Four.
His other sporting interests include golf and winter sports, and during the 1989/90 season, he was a member of the British Bobsleigh Team.
Together with partner Matthew Pinsent, Steve Redgrave is the holder of the World Record in Coxless Pairs set in Lucerne in 1994 and the Olympic Record, set in Atlanta in 1996. They enjoyed an exclusive sponsorship deal with Lombard, which allowed them to devote all their time to training for international regattas and to winning more honours for Great Britain.
Already established as the world’s most outstanding rower of all time after his Atlanta victory, Steve announced in 1997 that he had decided to carry on competing through to the Millennium Games in Sydney in the hope of winning a fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal – a feat which has confirmed him as one of the greatest athletes in Olympic history.
His feats in the last four years of his career are even more outstanding when taking into account that Redgrave was suffering from ulcerative colitis and, since 1997, diabetes. These ailments caused unforeseeable bouts of fatigue when rowing.
Steve Redgrave was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 1987 and the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List of 1997 and following his success in Sydney was awarded a Knighthood in the 2001 New Years Honours List. The University of Durham also awarded him an Honorary Degree in December 1996.
Sir Steve’s book co-written with Nick Townsend – You Can Win at Life! reveals the secrets of Sir Steve’s success, and shows how to apply them to all walks of life, whether you want to succeed in the workplace; train for a marathon, improve your fitness or lose weight. The book includes sections on how to identify your dreams, how to overcome low self-esteem and how to prepare yourself for any eventuality.
Sir Steve Redgrave brings more than an authorative speech to the corporate and after-dinner speaking engagements he attends – his personal experience and his insight are complimented by a natural humour and charm that keeps the audience both informed and entertained.
Each speech is tailored to the audience requirement as Steve imparts the key information that has allowed him to build an unrivalled list of achievements.