Steve Backley OBE is one of the all time javelin greats.
Steve was one of Britain’s most consistent athletes for over a decade. He was 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 hung up his javelin following the Athens Games.
He was a constant fixture in the National Athletics Team, standing on podiums and setting world records around the world.
Steve is the only British track and field competitor to win medals at three different Olympic Games.
Backley made his mark winning silver at the 1988 Junior World Championships and breaking the world junior record in the same year.
After two years as a senior athlete, he became the world’s number one javelin thrower.
In 1989 he claimed the UK and Commonwealth records.
Steve won gold medals at both the European and Commonwealth Championships in 1990. Furthermore, he became the first British male to set a World Record in a throws event when he threw 89.58m in Stockholm. He broke this record himself later that year when he threw 90.98m at Crystal Palace.
He beat his own record in 1992 by throwing 91.46m in New Zealand.
Steve Backley fought back from injury setbacks throughout his career, including a ruptured achilles and shoulder, and abductor injuries, however his determination meant that he was 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 and a successful career to back up his theories.
Steve outlines 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:
Steve’s leading speech defines the 5 main attributes, which he believes will ensure success in any walk of life.
During this presentation Steve will discuss how to:
- Plan for life
- Develop profound self-belief and deal with failure
- Understand your weaknesses (and what to do about them)
- Reach your maximum performance
- 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 performing 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 to help transform your team to perform at its optimum.