Speaker Showcase: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-ThompsonOne of the most successful British Paralympian’s of all time, Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson is an inspirational wheelchair racer who won 16 Paralympic medals (11 of which were gold), over the course of her career, competing at five Paralympic games. As well as this, she has two Paralympic World Cup medals and has held over 30 world records. Also with six London Marathon wins to her name, Tanni now works as an after-dinner speaker and is part of our roster of outstanding individuals available to book via the Champions Olympic Speakers agency.

Not only is she able to discuss a simply remarkable sporting career during her speaking events, but Tanni has also embarked on a political career and was appointed a Life Peer by the House of Lords in 2010 and is able to provide her well-respected opinion to a variety of topical issues.

One of the biggest issues currently affecting British sport is the recent bullying scandal, with claims being made against high profile figures in cycling and swimming amongst other sports. Former Great Britain cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel had described the approach by her coaches in the sport as ‘medal at any cost’ and there being a ‘culture of fear’ amongst the team.

Now, Tanni has authored a report into the issue stating that there should be a duty of care to the athletes. She said “We’ve proved we can win medals. I don’t think having a duty of care diminishes our chances of winning.”

“We can’t make it all warm and cuddly – because that is not what elite sport is. But it is about getting the best talent and not leaving athletes broken at the end of it. There are some really good sports out there; there are sports that need to do much more. My report doesn’t mention a sport in particular, it doesn’t mention a particular person in it. It’s about the principles of how sport should be as we go forward.”

The debate about how far is too far to push Olympic and Paralympic athletes continues to rumble on with investigations into the sports in question still underway. At her speaking events, Tanni is able to discuss this very important issue drawing on her own experiences as an elite sportsperson.

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Jack Hayes

March 29th, 2017

About Jack Hayes

Jack Hayes was appointed Director of the Champions Olympic Speakers agency in 2012 becoming one of the youngest Directors in the UK. A year later, Jack became a founding member of the European Association of Speakers Bureaux (EASB) collaborating with speaker agencies to create a code of ethics and regulations for the industry. 

Balancing his time between attracting the world's top speaking talent and leading collaborations with global brands, Jack has nurtured relationships with media publications, blue-chip companies, institutions and governments. Having signed some of the most sought-after speakers on the international stage, Jack has overseen countless projects with the likes of HSBC, LadBible, the NHS, The Economic Times' Business Summit, ITV and British Airways.

Despite having already booked in the services of speakers such as the world's greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the inspiration behind James Bond character "Q" and former Director-General of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington, rugby World Cup-winning manager Sir Clive Woodward and many more, there was one moment that stood out for Jack, which was booking the man who put the "i" in iPhone, Ken Segall, who appeared at our very own Champions networking breakfast. 

Jack has led Champions Speakers to unprecedented growth. Having taken the bureau into the digital age he has cultivated a brand-wide commitment to innovation, all the while staying true to the family values upon which Champions has been built; trust, transparency and care. Outside of work, Jack can be found still working! And occasionally attempting to breakdance.

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