Steve Backley OBE

Javelin champion who won medals at three Olympic Games

Steve Backley

“Success is a decision, not a gift,” says Olympic speaker and javelin thrower Steve Backley OBE in one of his many presentations. As a popular speaker, he specialises in helping people to develop self-belief and cope with failure, understand their weaknesses, achieve maximum performance and develop a genuine passion for life.

Steve also tells audiences to thrive when faced with adversity – something he knows about only too well, having suffered performance-damaging injuries that have led to him missing out on medals on more than one occasion. Although suffering with serious injuries, Backley still enjoyed a hugely successful career and won an abundance of medals.

During his wonderful career, Backley won nine gold medals at some of the world’s most renowned athletics events. His most successful event was the European Championships in which he won four gold medals between 1990 and 2002, with the first coming in 1990 in Split. Although never winning an Olympic gold medal, Backley did win two silver medals and a bronze medal. He won his first silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The Olympic speaker’s other Olympic medals came in the 1992 and 2000 games where he won a silver and bronze, making him the only British track and field competitor to win medals at three different Olympic Games.

Due to his outstanding contribution to sports, Backley was awarded an MBE which has more recently been upgraded to an OBE. As well as this, he was inducted into the London Youth Games Hall of Fame in 2009. Backley was a part of the commentary team for the BBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Now spending a lot of his time as an Olympic speaker, Backley provides truly mesmerising speeches. Possessing great presenting skills, Backley has a natural way of inspiring his audiences no matter the size. When at events, he is known to discuss peak performance and developing self-belief.

To book Steve Backley for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When he’s at corporate events, Steve is known to discuss the following topics:

  • Olympic Javelin
  • Peak Performance
  • Drive & Determination
  • Mental Resilience
  • Maximising Success

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