Tessa Sanderson CBE – Olympic Javelin Legend and Motivational Speaker
Tessa Sanderson has competed in six Olympic Games, which in itself is a record, which resulted in winning a Gold medal in the javelin event in 1984. Tessa has won many other major medals including three times Commonwealth Gold and the last being a World Cup Gold in Cuba in 1990. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and competing in her 5th Olympics she finished an incredible 4th place in the final
In the March 2004 New Years Honours list Tessa Sanderson was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty the Queen, in recognition of her services to sport and Vice Chairman of Sport England the leading strategic organisation for sport in England. Prior to the CBE she was the recipient of an OBE in December 1997 for her work with various charities and in 1985 was awarded the MBE for winning her Olympic Gold Medal for Great Britain in Los Angeles.
In October 2004 Tessa Sanderson was awarded the Sunday Times Life Times Achievement Award for her dedication to sport.
Tessa Sanderson holds two Honorary Fellowship Degree one from South Bank University in London in 2004, and prior to this Wolverhampton Polytechnic. She also has an honorary Masters Degree from Birmingham University.
Her media career has involved television presenting for BBC, ITV, Bloomberg, GMTV, where she covered the 1996 Olympics from Atlanta. Other media activities involve working with Talk Sport Radio and other network radio stations in the UK.
Having now retired from competitive athletics in 1997, she still remains the only female athlete to win an Olympic throwing medal for Great Britain.
Tessa Sanderson continues to work with various Charities such as the Variety Club of Great Britain the largest children’s charity in the world, also for Leukaemia and is patron to Jamaica Basic Schools a Charity for Underprivileged children in Jamaica.
Path To Glory is Tessa`s motivational presentation. Taking you from her school days to right through to winning her Olympic Gold Medal and beyond.
Path to Glory touches upon her inspirations and what drove her to become Olympic Champion, and takes a light-hearted look at her rivalry with Fatima Whitebread.
Tessa Sanderson has spoken at events across the UK and can adapt the speech to look at themes of:
- Health & Fitness
- Olympics 2012
During her 26 years competing for Great Britain Tessa Sanderson was voted Sports Personality of the Year and Athlete of the Year (3 times) by the Athletics Writers Association. In 1988 Tessa presented the Sports News for 2 ½ years for Sky Television.