Dame Sarah Storey is Great Britain’s most successful ever Paralympian, having won 17 gold, 8 silver and 3 bronze medals across an incredible eight games and two disciplines – swimming and cycling. She also holds 29 World Championship titles, 21 European titles, 7 World Cup titles, more than 140 national titles and a whopping 75 world records.
Coming to public prominence at the London 2012 games, she topped the medal table for Great Britain with four medals from four separate events. Thanks to her services to sport, she was made an MBE in 1998, an OBE in 2009, then a Dame in 2013.
In an international career spanning over two decades, Sarah Storey has a unique and inspiring story, not least because she has also won some of her medals as an able-bodied athlete.
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Born without a functioning left hand, Sarah Storey started her sports career in the pool, entering her first Paralympics at just age 14. In all, she won 20 gold medals in the pool, including five Paralympic golds, and broke 41 world records, before switching to cycling.
Throughout her cycling career, she would attempt the UCI Hour Record, win a stage of the Tour de Bretagne, medal in the National Time Trial Championships, win the able-bodied National Points Race title, gain a world record at the 2014 World Track Championships, participate in an unprecedented eight Paralympic games…and have two children. And she isn’t planning on stopping there, calling herself a “spring chicken” when it comes to the Paralympic games.
Unsurprisingly, given her astonishing career, honours, awards and accolades have flooded her way. In 2008 she was nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability and for the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year; she would go on to be named The Sunday Times’ Disability Sportswoman of the Year in 2020.
As well as a popular sportswoman, she has become a familiar face on our television screens, appearing at charity events, on panel shows and current affairs programmes. She has been seen on the likes of Children in Need (2021), The National Television Awards (2021), The Last Leg (2016-2021), A Question of Sport (2013-2021), Sky News (2021), Driving Force (2020), Walks Around Yorkshire (2020), ITV Granada Reports (2016-2020), BBC North West Tonight (2016), A League of Their Own (2013), Pointless Celebrities (2013), This Morning (2012) and Mastermind (2012)
In her presentations, Sarah explains that in her business, the smallest margins can make the difference between winning and losing. She shows what it takes to push both body and mind to the limit to succeed, even when the odds are against you.
– Keeping Motivated
– Overcoming Adversity
– Women in Sport
Sarah has the ability to interact with a wide range of audiences, no matter their age, industry or job title, in workshops, keynote address and after-dinner speeches.
She delivers stories and anecdotes from her swimming and cycling career, and talks about the highs and lows of competing on an international stage. She leaves audiences of any size and from any industry excited and eager to put her advice into practice. After hearing her speak, there will be no boundaries to what you, your team and your business can achieve.
It went brilliantly! Dame Sarah was such a pleasure to meet. Sarah’s speech was excellent and inspiring. We have had so much positive feedback.
I thought it was so powerful how Sarah lifted us up with her achievements of getting the Gold medals, and then dropped us with the story of the university coach. I felt the room go “thud” with horror. Her message was so strong. She was so inspiring and the message wasn’t just about equality, she also motivated people to “take charge” and follow their dreams – I felt this could be applied to all sorts of things such as having a goal at work and using personal ambition to achieve it – not sitting back and waiting for others to do it for you.
Torbay Council Conference on Equality and Diversity
Inspirational, truly magnificent, confident, assertive and challenging. She made a lasting impact!
Rotary National Conference
A wonderful inspirational speech – I was spellbound.
Kate Hoey, Labour MP
Sarah was an excellent speaker, truly inspirational. She is one of the best speakers we have booked for this event and we would definitely consider booking her again for future events. I would thoroughly recommend her to others as well. We were particularly impressed with the way she mapped her speech back to business throughout. In addition to her talk she is a very lovely person and very easy to work with.
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