Ollie Hynd MBE is a three-time Paralympic champion swimmer and inspirational keynote speaker.
Having been inspired by his older brother Sam – who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – Ollie has been competing internationally since he was just 16 years old.
Throughout his decade-long career, Ollie won three gold, one silver and one bronze Paralympic medals, four gold and two bronze World Championship medals, six gold and four silver European Championship medals, and one gold Commonwealth medal.
Ollie Hynd was appointed an MBE in 2013 for his services to swimming, was awarded the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year accolade at the 2014 and 2015 Nottinghamshire Sports Awards, and was presented with the Freedom of Mansfield in 2016.
Since retiring from international swimming in 2021, Ollie has become a freelance marketer, and now uses his sporting journey to inspire and motivate audiences to overcome adversity, achieve their goals, and improve lives.
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Diagnosed with neuromuscular myopathy and associated limb deformities as a child, Ollie Hynd was unsure what impact this disability would have on his future. However, through the power of sport and swimming, he gained many opportunities he may not have otherwise experienced.
His career started with a bang, debuting at the 2011 IPC European Championships, where he won his first gold medal. Many medals would follow in the 200m individual medley, the 400m freestyle, and 100m backstroke across the Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and European Championships.
Since retiring from professional swimming, Ollie can often be seen across television and radio channels, speaking about his sporting experience, disability, and other topics. He has featured on Channel 4 and Sky News’ Paralympics coverage in 2021, on BBC Newsbeat, TalkNews TV, and BBC Breakfast (2021), Sky Sports News (2021), Lorraine (2021), The Last Leg (2021), interviews on the 10-year legacy of the London 2012 games, and Sky News’ Daily Podcast.
An eloquent, entertaining, inspiring, and passionate speaker, Ollie is the perfect addition to any event, offering after-dinner and keynote speeches on his sporting career, disability, and how to overcome any obstacle in your way.
– Overcoming Adversity
– Inclusion and Diversity
– Health and Wellbeing
– Mental Health
– Living in the Public Eye
– Goal Setting
– Overcoming Barriers
Throughout his sporting career, Ollie has had to overcome difficulties presented by his disability to achieve his goals on the world stage.
Ollie has worked with a range of high-level brands and companies, including Allianz, the Armchair Club, British Gas, Crowne Plaza, Dell, Hogan Lovells, Holiday Inn Express, Ideagen, IHG, Lifelab Testing, Mansfield District Council, Muscle Food, Nottingham Post, Nottinghamshire County Council, Sauce & Brown, Speedo, Toyota, UK Sport.