JJ Chalmers is a TV presenter with an inspirational story.
The army career of the former Royal Marine Commando was cut short after he suffered life-changing injuries following an IED explosion in Afghanistan. After 30 operations in just two months, and years of mental and physical rehabilitation, he went on to compete in the 2014 Invictus Games where he would go on to win three medals.
As a spokesman for the inaugural Invictus Games, JJ made a good first impression and soon embarked on a broadcasting career – and he hasn’t stopped since.
With first-hand experience of overcoming obstacles, courage, determination and hope, JJ Chalmers makes the ideal speaker for any audience of any industry, helping delegates face their professional or personal challenges head on.
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JJ Chalmers hit the broadcasting ground running in 2016, being one of the studio presenters for the Rio Paralympics and since 2017, he has anchored BBC 1’s coverage of the Invictus Games. JJ has become a key part of the channel’s sports team, with highlights including the Commonwealth Games, the London Marathon, the Tokyo Summer and Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the Anniversary Games, the IPC Athletics World Championships and the European Swimming Championships, as well as for Channel 4’s National Paralympic Day.
As part of the BBC presenting team, JJ has also presented at the Lord Mayor’s Show, covered Trooping the Colour, co-hosted their series running up to Remembrance Day, The People Remember, covered the funeral of Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and was involved in D Day Memorial programming.
He has also taken part in a number of panel shows, talk shows and documentaries, including The One Show (2017-2020), Pointless Celebrities (2020), Christmas University Challenge (2019), Gardeners’ World (2022), Catchpoint (2022), Children in Need (2020), Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago (2018), The Last Leg (2016-2021) and the acclaimed radio programme, Live From Helmand and Back (2017) – which would go on to be nominated for a Sports Journalist Award. In 2020, he starred in the popular show Strictly Come Dancing, where he reached the quarter finals.
After experiencing the support Help For Heroes provides first-hand, JJ has become a patron and ambassador for the charity, helping to ensure every veteran – and their loved ones – get the lifetime support they deserve.
In 2021, JJ contributed an essay to Letter To My Younger Self: The Big Issue Presents…100 Inspiring People on the Moments That Shaped Their Lives. In the writing, he talks about the comrades he lost, how his injury shaped him and how Invictus gave him a renewed sense of purpose.
In his awe-inspiring speeches, JJ points out that you don’t need to be blown up, or at death’s door to realise the value of your achievements and potential as a person. He believes that everyone has something they can draw upon when times are tough, and everyone is able to overcome insurmountable odds.
– Military Life
– Mental Resilience
– Overcoming Adversity
– Living With Disabilities
– Peak Performance
Developing vital skills of teamwork, leadership and communication during his time in the army – skills he has taken forward to his presenting career – JJ has taught these skills to clients including Awards International, PWC, Revolution Bars Group, United Biscuits and Virgin Atlantic.
I have to say as I was lucky enough to be sat with JJ, what a wonderful, inspirational man he is and I’ve heard so many fantastic comments from our staff here at Revolution, he really did a wonderful speech and really made a positive impact on our staff and he is just a wonderful chap.
Susie, Revolution Bars Group
The conference went very well and JJ was excellent. The informal feedback we have had is overwhelmingly positive. People have described JJ as inspirational, authentic, kept their attention at all times and good balance of humour and excellent content.
Fiona, Revolution Bars Group