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A truly inspiring story about overcoming challenges from an Olympic gold medalist

Tessa Sanderson

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Six times Olympian and winner of a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. The only British woman to win a throwing gold medal

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Motivational speaker Tessa Sanderson has competed in six Olympic Games from 1976 to 1996. She is best-known for winning an Olympic gold medal for the javelin in 1984, and she is currently the only British woman ever to win a throwing gold medal. Additionally, Tessa Sanderson won a World Cup gold medal in 1990 as well as three Commonwealth gold medals. Altogether, Tessa competed for Great Britain for 26 years.

Keynote speaker Tessa Sanderson holds two Honorary Fellowship Degrees. In 2004, she graduated from the South Bank University in London, and prior to this, Wolverhampton Polytechnic. In addition, she holds an Honorary Master’s Degree from Birmingham University.

In 1985, Tessa Sanderosn was the recipient of the MBE for winning an Olympic gold medal. In addition, she received an OBE for her work with charities in 1997. In recognition of her services to sport and her position as Vice Chairman of Sport England, the leading strategic organisation for sport in England, Tessa Sanderson was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty the Queen in March 2004. In the same year, she was awarded the Sunday Times Life Times Achievement Award for her dedication to the sport.

Today, speaker Tessa Sanderson is working with both sports and charity. Based in Newham, she is working with Tessa Sanderson Sports Foundation creating unique youth sports programmes. Also, she is a patron to Jamaica Basic Schools, a charity for underprivileged children. In 2016, she adopted twins herself and became a patron of Adoption UK. As a speaker, Tessa Sanderson is engaging and full of energy. She motivates audiences with her incredible life story.

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Path to Glory

Speaker Tessa Sanderson delivers a motivational keynote which includes the following topics:

  • Overcoming Challenges & Determination
    Despite lack school resources and funding, a sports teacher helped her on the path to becoming an Olympic champion. Tessa shares the story of her way to a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.
  • Leadership & teamwork
    Teamwork and leadership are of great importance in Tessa’s life and work. Therefore, the support from her family and coaching staff was an important part of her way to success.
  • Diversity & Equality
    In the beginning of her career, Tessa experienced racism and discrimination, however, she has brought greater equality into sport. She talks about diversity and equality and what more can be done.
  • Adoption
    Tessa adopted twins when she was 58 years old. She talks openly about the process and offers advice based on her own experience.
  • Health & Fitness
    In her keynote, Tessa talks about the importance of being healthy and offers advice on how to keep fit.
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