Tessa Sanderson CBE

One of the most prolific sportswomen ever

Tessa Sanderson CBE

Tessa Sanderson CBE is a top Olympic speaker and former English javelin thrower and heptathlete who competed in the javelin competition in every one of the six Olympics from 1976 to 1996, winning the gold medal in 1984 for Great Britain.

Only the second track and field athlete to compete at six Olympics, she was the UK’s leading javelin thrower from the mid-1970s, winning silver in the 1978 European championships and gold in the Commonwealth Games three times (1978, 1986, 1990). Tessa’s finest hour came at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles when she became the first British woman ever to win a gold medal in the javelin event. Enjoying a competitive rivalry with fellow Briton Fatima Whitbread, Tessa’s career endured that of her rival, going on until 1996.

Like most sports speakers, Sanderson attended University at the University Of Wolverhampton – leaving as an honorary graduate. She was also made an Honorary Fellow at London South Bank University.

Following her retirement, Olympic speaker Tessa became involved in top-level sports administration, serving as Vice-Chairman of Sports England from 1999 to 2005. She was also affiliated with the Newham Sports Academy before setting up her foundation and academy in 2011. Tessa has regularly taken part in media activities and recently appeared on Dancing On Ice Goes Gold, Great British Menu, Antiques Road Trip, Question of Sport, and Celebrity Masterchef.

Undoubtedly one of the most prolific sportswomen of the past few decades, Tessa’s experiences plus talents during sport have escalated her popularity as an Olympic speaker, and her ability to relate and connect with a wider audience is incredible.

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