Giles Long MBE

Giles Long MBE

Giles Long MBE is one of the most successful and well-respected Paralympic swimmers of our time. His journey to elite success is very different from the typical athlete.

At aged 13, Giles was diagnosed with cancer and he feared that his dreams of being a professional swimmer were shattered – dreams that he has held since the age of seven.

Despite his diagnosis, Giles became a competitive swimmer and broke his first World Record just four years later, aged 17.

In 1996, he had qualified for the 100m Butterfly at the Atlanta Paralympics and was ranked the World number one. Four years later at the 2000 Paralympics, he again took gold, setting a new world record in the process.

He would go on to swim quicker than the world record at the Athens 2004 games, but unfortunately, so did two other people and he returned home having won bronze, eventually retiring from the sport in 2007.

Giles was appointed an MBE in the 2006 New Year Honours list for his services to disabled sport.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book Paralympic swimmer Giles Long MBE for your next corporate event, after dinner talk or call +44 1753 439289.

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We started off with an audience of 200, by the time he finished it was twice that number. People were listening from the corridor! Giles was superb and really inspired us to embrace change.

Giles absolutely enthralled our customers with his take on change and teamwork. His humour and wonderful turn of phrase had everyone utterly captivated whilst expressing our key values. He made it our best event ever!
Lloyds Private Banking, São Paulo

Giles’ story is inspiring; we need more of this sort of thing. He has a valuable motivational contribution to make, in terms of copy with adversity, responding to bad news, and, despite everything, setting his sights on winning. We would definitely hire him again as a speaker!

Giles gave a wonderful speech at our Transformation and Celebration conference. Our feedback from delegates was phenomenal and it made a real difference to how they perceived their roles within the company.
Ascham Homes

Giles is one of life’s true achievers. His journey from cancer survivor to gold medal winner is truly inspirational, it makes him the ideal motivational speaker. His words are extremely powerful!

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