Rebecca Romero is a unique athlete. She is one of only two women to have ever won Olympic medals in two different sports (Rowing 2004 and Cycling 2008), and the only Briton, male or female to do so.
Rebecca started rowing aged 17 at Kingston Rowing Club, and within eight months had progressed from being a novice to being in the GB Juniors Squad. Within three years she had become U23 World Champion.
In 2001 Rebecca Romero gained her first senior vest when she was selected in the quadruple sculls for the World Championships. They made the final. 2002 and 2003 would also see credible performances in World Championship finals, but it was 2004 that would prove to be Rebecca’s breakthrough year. After a year of ranking in the top two in every domestic trial and assessment, Rebecca was selected into the quadruple scull again, the top ranked sculling boat. She had a very successful international racing season collecting two gold and one silver World Cup medals, and winning the World Cup Series overall. Her first major medal was then achieved at the Olympic Games in Athens when Rebecca’s crew took a silver medal, just behind the more senior and vastly more experienced German crew.
2005 was the start of a new Olympiad and saw the start of a new campaign for Olympic Gold. Rebecca Romero was part of a newly formed quad combination and for the second year running they won the overall World Cup Series. The final of the World Championships was a re-run of the 2004 Olympic final. Again the two favourites, Great Britain and Germany were coming head to head, but this time however the result was reversed, Great Britain winning the final by 0.3 seconds, and Rebecca collecting her first World Championship title.
During the 2005 season Rebecca was injured and during her time out rehabbing from the injury she decided it was time to start moving onto something new. It was at this point, she had contact with British Cycling, and following a series of tests was told she had the potential to succeed at the highest level in cycling.
In April 2006 Rebecca started the second part of her amazing career training as a cyclist with the aim of participating in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Five months into it Rebecca competed in her first major competition, the British Time Trial Championships. Having only practiced a handful of time trials, she shocked both herself and the cycling world by winning! In her first ever cycling race she had become British Champion!
In December 2006 and now settled into her targeted Olympic discipline of track cycling, Rebecca won a silver medal in the Individual Pursuit at the World Cup in Moscow, her international cycling debut.
Rebecca’s rapid rise up the world cycling ranks continued in 2007 when she won her first Cycling World Championship medal with silver in the Individual Pursuit. The following year, at the 2008 World Championships held in Manchester, she won Gold in both the Individual and Team Pursuit events, just two years after she had started cycling! The season culminated in the Beijing Olympic Games where Rebecca Romero won Gold in the velodrome, becoming Olympic Champion in the Individual Pursuit. In addition to this she also finished in 11th place in the Points Race, her first ever attempt at competing in that track cycling event!
In 2011, Rebecca Romero made the difficult decision to step down from the 2012 Olympic Cycling Team.
As a motivational speaker, Rebecca Romero has a truly great story to tell. It is a story of chasing dreams, soul searching and a quest to be the best. Rebecca unveils how she made the remarkable transition from rowing to cycling, explains how change was a necessity in order to improve and demonstrates the importance of having the right culture and environment for success.
For the corporate world Rebecca’s story highlights the many parallels between business performance and sporting excellence by outlining her framework for high performance and how her no compromise approach and can-do-will-do-attitude were critical to her success.
From her wealth of experience Rebecca can tailor her presentation to suit most audiences and mould it around specific key messages if required. As well as presenting to an audience, Rebecca is equally comfortable answering any question that comes her way.