Danny Crates

Multiple gold medal winning Paralympian

Danny Crates

Audiences are enthralled by Danny Crates, especially when he recounts his story of losing his right arm in a car accident, then taking up athletics to win gold medal after gold medal. Four years after his 1994 accident, Danny won a silver medal in the 4 x 400m at the World Championships. Two years later, he won a bronze in the 400m at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games. As a testament to his perseverance, Danny’s ability to overcome personal challenges is an inspiring topic in his keynote speeches.

As an event host, Danny ensures that events run smoothly, professionally and leaves audiences utterly entertained. Armed with his witty, cheeky Essex humour, he tailors his speeches to your specific event. Danny also frequently visits schools up and down the country, using his nearing 20 years of experience to engage with children and young adults. He understands how to motivate young people, using his story of success to instil an improved perspective of their capabilities.

At the 2001, 2003 and 2005 European Championships, Danny won gold in the 400m and 800m. Danny also won the 800m gold medal at the 2003 World Indoor Championships and at two Paralympic World Cups, bettering his previous silver medal from 2005. The Olympic speaker repeated his gold-winning feat at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2006 World Championships. Showing no signs of slowing down, Danny also broke the 800m world record.

Other achievements of this incredibly competitive and committed athlete include carrying the Olympic torch in the London relay in 2008, carrying the flag at the opening ceremony of that year’s Summer Paralympics in Beijing, and running in the London Grand Prix the following year, after which he retired from athletics. After retiring, Danny’s media career flourished, starting with commentary for Paralympic events. He published an autobiography titled Danny Boy, which discusses his recovery journey. As a motivational speaker, Danny expands upon the sentiment in his book, travelling to events from Malaysia to Dubai. For corporate audiences, he offers methods for building a high-performance team and cultivating a positive workplace culture.

To book Danny Crates his your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

Find out more about Danny’s motivational ideology here:

When featuring at events Danny is known to discuss such topics as:

  • Paralympic Games
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Going for Gold
  • High-Performance Team
  • Youth Development 

Over the course of his career Danny earned the following achievements:

  • Gold medal at the 2001 IPC European Championships
  • Gold medal at the 2003 IPC European Championships
  • Gold medal at the 2003 World Indoor Championships
  • Gold medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games
  • Gold medal at the 2005 IPC European Championships
  • Gold medal at the 2006 Paralympic World Cup
  • Gold medal at the 2006 IPC World Championships
  • Gold medal at the 2007 Paralympic World Cup
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