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Sports Athletes

Sports Athletes

What is expected of professional athletes within different fields of sports, and what does it take to be amongst the very best? 

We have some of the best sports athletes who have had great success in the world of sports. They will share with your audience their personal stories and offer motivational advice. Our famous athletes can speak on several sports topics, such as leadership, collaboration, motivation, and how to achieve success in sports.

See below for our top sports athletes – and find the perfect speaker for your event!

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Lauren Sisler

Sportscaster and former collegiate gymnast passionate about sports, and even more passionate about telling the stories of the coaches, athletes, and fans who make it more than a game.

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As a freshman she unexpectedly lost both of her parents within hours of each other to their concealed battle with prescription drug addiction; uses her story to help break the stigma and eliminate the shame associated with substance abuse...

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Helen Housby

Helen Housby: Fitness and motivational expert. Influential figure within netball since 2014.

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England Netballer Helen Housby made her name whilst playing for Manchester Thunder helping them win the 2014 Super league Grand Final against Surrey Storm. In 2017, Helen joined the New South Wales Swifts in Australia where she currently...

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Justin Forsett

CEO & Co-Founder of Hustle Clean, Shark Tank Entrepreneur and Former NFL Pro Bowl Running Back helps others understand the importance of legacy and perseverance.

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Justin’s personal journey is one of the best stories in the NFL. He has a genuine desire to positively impact others with his message of perseverance through life’s disappointments. His witty and down-to-earth personality engages audiences from...

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Ben Duckett

Ben Duckett is an exceptional cricketer and performance specialist. He is an excellent left-handed batsman who plays for Nottinghamshire.

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Ben Duckett is a Nottinghamshire CCC and England batsman. In 2016, Ben made his International Cricket debut scoring 163 runs for the England Lions. Later that year he also broke the record for the highest score made by an England Lions player,...

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Jason Roy

Widely known Cricketer and World Cup Winner. Jason Roy is titled as England's white-ball specialist.

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World Cup Winner Jason Roy is widely recognised as England's white-ball specialist. Jason made his ODI debut for England in 2015 and has been a regular ever since, scoring 180 runs against Australia - the highest ODI score ever by an English...

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Kate Richardson-Walsh

Professional hockey player Kate Richardson-Walsh shares her insights into inclusion. She helps audiences explore their thoughts on stereotyping and diversity.

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Kate Richardson-Walsh, is the most capped female hockey player in her country’s history, and was captain of GB women’s hockey teams for 13 years. An inspirational and charismatic leader, Kate was one of the many key builders and drivers of...

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Anna Whiteley

Anna Whiteley: A charming and widely acknowledged expert on golf, who has worked with Sky Sports and NBC.

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Anna Whiteley, moved state-side in 2019 to join NBC's GOLF Channel as co-host of the popular breakfast show Morning Drive. Since then, Anna has broadened her role as host of GOLF Today, Golf Central and is set to be part of this year's NBC GOLF...

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Martina Navratilova

Tennis superstar Martina is passionate about many causes and speaks regular on LGBTQ issues, diversity, animal rights, breast cancer awareness, and the environment.

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Martina Navratilova is a professional tennis player, renowned for her incredible record of nine Wimbledon singles wins. As an openly gay sports personality, her life has been filled with challenges, and she is known for her outspoken speeches on...

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Kevin Pietersen

Widely known for his cricketing prowess, Kevin Pietersen MBE has been described, by esteemed legends within the game, as simply the 'greatest batsman to ever wear an England shirt.

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Kevin made his debut for England in 2005 and played 104 Test matches, scoring 8,181 runs at an average of 47.28 in an international career that spanned a decade. He scored over 13,000 runs in all formats of the game and in 2013 became England's...

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Sam Curran

Sam Curran currently plays for Surrey CCC and is a regular in the England International Cricket team after impressing in his International Test debut in 2018 against India, taking 11 wickets and scoring 272 runs, earning him the award of the Player of the Series.

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Sam was voted 2019 Wisden Cricketer of The Year and was a nominee for the 2018 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year...

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Jesse Itzler

Jesse Itzler is a serial entrepreneur, rapper, songwriter, athlete, author, and part-owner of the Atlantic Hawks. He inspires people to aim high and become the best they can be and live the fullest life possible not just in business but in every area of life.

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Jesse Itzler has led an extremely interesting life with a wide variety of jobs, businesses, and life experiences. He is a risk-taker who is not afraid to embark on something new and to learn from those experiences. Jesse is a believer in developing...

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Owen Hargreaves

Born in Canada, Owen Hargreaves played for European Giants Bayern Munich and Manchester United, winning four Bundesliga titles, two Champions League titles and one Premier League title.

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Owen won 42 caps for England, representing the national team at Euro 2004, as well as the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he was named England's Player of the World Cup. In 2006, Owen was named England Player of the Year and England Player of...

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James Haskell

Recently retired, James Haskell is one of the best-known elite rugby players and personalities in World Rugby.

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Having represented England 77 times, as well as the British and Irish Lions, playing first class club rugby in New Zealand, France, Japan, and England, and working with some of the best coaches and trainers in the world including Eddie Jones and...

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Chris Froome

Chris Froome OBE, is widely acknowledged as the greatest professional road cyclist of his generation, having won the Tour de France no less than four times.

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Chris rode for Team Sky/INEOS for a ten-year period before joining Israel Start-Up Nation on January 1st 2021, in the pursuit of his record-breaking 5th Tour de France...

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Steve Gleason

Working with audiences to tap into the inner extraordinary self, Steve finds purpose from working within to obtain insight, hope, and a positive direction. For listeners, he offers tools to help each individual find his or her purpose in life.

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Steve received an ALS diagnosis in 2011. He was determined to thrive after the terminal neuromuscular disease diagnosis. He spends his life encouraging others to life with purpose. He and Michel, his wife, formed Team Gleason, with the mission of...

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Georg Pangl

Football expert, former international UEFA football official, entrepreneur, author

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Georg Pangl knows football before and especially behind the scenes. Behind the world's most popular sport also hides a vast network of powerful and conflicting interests. How does this network work and who are the real "players" behind the football...

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Michael Johnson

As one of the fastest sprinters to grace the global athletic stage, Michael Johnson shares his journey to Olympic glory. With a winner’s mindset, he brings inspiration to corporate audiences who revel in his story of triumph.

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Focusing on success principles, Johnson has proven that dreams are possible with a commitment to obtaining a goal and the dedication to overcome hardships along the way. He is the first sprinter in history to win both the 200- and 400-meter races at...

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Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes is one of the most decorated players in English football winning a total of 25 major trophies, including 11 Premier League Titles, the most by any English player, and two Champions League titles.

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Karina Hollekim

Karina Hollekim's mesmerizing and life-changing keynote address provides a gripping tale about the unconquerable spirit within each individual

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By sharing her story about tragedy and triumph, Hollekim offers a glimpse into her own mountain-tops and challenges in an incredibly personal oration. Ultimately, she asks audiences to keep dreaming – and never give up. The strength she exudes...

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Nicklas Pyrdol

Inclusive Recruitment Innovator and Talent Management Advisor helping leaders and HR redefining “Talent”

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Keynote speaker Nicklas Pyrdol is a global expert helping leaders and HR with disrupt and challenge their definition, attraction, selection and management of talent. He is a former Associate Professor in Talent Development and worked as a Sport...

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Johnny Quinn

Olympian, Author

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Speaker Johnny Quinn is an Olympian and former pro football athlete helping organizations optimize their stance in the workplace. Johnny implements ideas on how employees can channel into their own olympian mindset and the steps into creating such...

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Gary Neville

Former Footballer, Now Keynote Speaker

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Gary Neville retired from professional football in 2011, with over 600 appearances for Manchester United, including five years as club captain, achieving a record 85 caps for England, twenty career trophies including eight Premier League titles, two...

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Ian Rose

Resilience Coach, Motivational Speaker & Double Paralympic Medallist

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Speaker Ian Rose is a Paralympian, first rising to fame as the Judo World Champion in 1995; as his life progressed, he faced adversities which, since then, has allowed him to reach organizations of all kinds regarding topics of motivation and...

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Trent Shelton

Former NFL athlete, current author, Inspirational speaker, and personal branding guru

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Trent Shelton is a former NFL wide receiver and the author of The Greatest You: Face Reality, Release Negativity, and Live Your Purpose. Speaker Trent Shelton is one of the most impressive keynote speakers of this generation, as he reaches more than...

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Kevin Vallely

Adventurer, Author, Motivational speaker, and Architect.

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This extreme adventurer uses his experiences to inspire audiences and teams on positive, creative ways to infuse leadership into your organization. He encourages businesses to remain resilient, embracing failure, and becoming inspired. Using his...

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Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson

Legendary athlete, champion, entrepreneur and empowering speaker

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Speaker Earvin "Magic" Johnson is an internationally-known NBA champion, businessman, former basketball operations president of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, an investment conglomerate providing...

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Josh Sundquist

Paralympic ski racer, author and emcee using stand-up comedy to share his story of overcoming adversity

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Speaker Josh Sundquist is a Paralympic ski racer, author and emcee. He uses humor and insight to enlighten audience members on creating ideas for a more productive career and life.  Josh uses humor in his keynotes and real-life stories to educate...

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Joe Theismann

Entrepreneur, NFL analyst, and former quarterback for the Washington Redskins who helps companies manage change

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Renowed NFL Redskins quarterback and NFL analyst speaker Joe Theismann has created his own realities as star of  prestigious NFL team, Washington Redskins.  Speaker Joe has acquired fame through his talent and attaining a successful track record...

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Tessa Sanderson

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....

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Penny Heyns

Double Olympic Champion, Author and Professional Speaker Penny Heyns can help you make a difference in your life

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Speaker Penny Heyns is a businesswoman, guest television presenter and the world’s greatest female breaststroke swimmer. As a presenter, Penny delivers a powerful message of hope and inspiration for audiences all over the world. Her experience as...

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Caroline Mohr

Attain a World Class Mindset with Caroline's Authentic, Empowering and Inspiring Keynotes

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Speaker Caroline Mohr is a true expert of inner strength. In the middle of her professional golf career, Caroline survived a severe earthquake, only to find out her cancer diagnosis weeks later. The only way to survive was to amputate her right leg...

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Brian Holloway

Top leadership expert specializing in winning strategies, coaching organizations in how to become world champions

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Speaker Brian Holloway is an all-pro expert of leadership and creating number one teams. As a former player of the New England Patriots, he knows the secret of winning. By having over 35 years of experience at speaking, he traveled over 15 million...

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Bill Walton

Basketball Legend, Broadcaster, Humanitarian, and Survivor

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As entertaining as he is insightful, speaker Bill Walton is renowned as one of the best speakers from the world of sports. As a speaker Bill Walton brings passion to the stage and inspires audiences with tales from an improbable life in sport and...

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Cedric Dumont

Extreme athlese and High Performance Coach & Speaker motivates his audience to face fears and overcome them.

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Keynote speaker Cedric Dumont’s longtime fascination with flight led him to become a wingsuit flyer, base jumper and international Red Bull athlete. He shares with audiences what he learns from these extreme...

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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Legendary paralympic athlete & commentator having many different skills, which makes an unusually great speaker

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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain's most successful Paralympic athlete. In combination with her English wit and lively personality, her ample experience from the worlds of sport, business, and politics makes her an unusually inspiring...

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Shannon Miller

7 Time Olympic Medalist, Health and Fitness Advocate, Empowerment Coach. and Cancer Survivor.

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Keynote speaker Shannon Miller is the most decorated gymnast in American history, a successful businesswoman, a cancer survivor, and a loving wife and mother. Shannon’s life on and off the gymnastics floor is simply inspiring. Shannon’s topics...

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Kriss Akabusi

CEO of The Akabusi Company, founding Director and Chairman of TACT, coach, and well-known for his athletic achievements

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Keynote Speaker Kriss Akabusi is famous for his achievements in athletics where his greatest individual triumph was his Gold Medal in the 1990 European Championships when he also beat David Hemery’s 22 year old British Record. Kriss Akabusi is the...

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Ruben Gonzalez

Four-time Olympian and bestselling author teaching how become successful using his own personal effectiveness system

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Keynote speaker Ruben Gonzalez speaks from his Olympic experience. He teaches the personal effectiveness system he used to achieve success again and again in both the Olympics and in the business world.  He is proof that ordinary people can achieve...

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Sally Gunnell

Health promoter and popular British sportswoman famous for her exceptional athletic presentations and historic records

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Keynote Speaker Sally Gunnell is a well known and truly loved British Athlete. She has an inspirational story which encourages audiences to be better versions of themselves both physically and...

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Jason Lezak

Athlete and Olympic gold medalist with an admirable will to succeed and special talent for connecting with audiences

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Our keynote speaker Jason Lezak began swimming at the age of 5 and grew up to become an All-American in Water-Polo. Jason’s ability to connect with his audience on a personal level shows his dedication to his message. He’s humble but passionate...

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Devon Harris

Three-Time Olympian with the Original Jamaican Bobsled Team and Retired Jamaican Defence Force Captain; Leading Audiences to Visualize Success with an Olympic Mindset

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You may not know his name or recognize his picture.  Yet his grit and fortitude helped inspire a movie you likely have viewed more than once.  The 1990s feel-good blockbuster Cool Runnings sugarcoats the real story behind the original Jamaican...

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Brendan Hansen

Avid sportsman, outdoorsman, 3-time world record holder and Olympic gold medalist sharing his amazing experiences

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Keynote speaker Brendan Hansen is an avid sportsman and outdoorsman spending his free time hunting, fishing, and wakeboarding around his current residence in Austin, TX. Brendan's love for swimming makes him one of the most passionate speakers in...

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Top advice for professional athletes

Sports Athletes

If you are an athlete seeking to turn professional in your sports career, you must know that such commitment requires hard work and perseverance. Our sports athletes will reveal glimpses from the lifestyle of competitive athletes.

The popular keynotes contain tips and advice on how to achieve success in your field by increasing your athletic ability to maximum capacity. 

Athletes come in many shapes and sizes within a wide range of different sports, from football and basketball to swimming and sumo wrestling. It goes without saying that the level of seriousness also varies. It takes a very different attitude and physical and mental strength to compete in the Olympics than to attend the local sports club once a week for the fun of it.

Hiring a coach, networking with other athletes, or working with a nutritionist are among the recommendations offered by our professional sports athletes. 

The keynote speakers are comprised of top female athletes and male athletes who are sharing their personal stories and experiences from the world of sports. They have all had great success in different sports, such as football, tennis, cricket, and rugby.

Our wide selection of many well-known athletes are speakers who can easily deliver customized presentations or workshops and provide practical tools for your audience to improve their sports presentations. They deliver inspirational sports speeches on sports motivation that are sure to inspire your audience.

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