Being diagnosed with a bone tumour in his arm at the age of 13, Paralympic speaker Giles Long had to give up on his dream of performing at the Olympics. However, that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the most successful Paralympic swimmers Great Britain has ever produced. Giles achieved his first world record-breaking swim aged just 17, following this with a gold medal in the 100m butterfly at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics. At this point in his career, Giles was the fastest swimmer in the world.
Among his other medals, this Paralympic speaker earned gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Games in the 100m butterfly, setting another world record at the same time, and the 4 × 100m freestyle. Giles has won Paralympic silvers at Atlanta in the 4 x 100m medley relay and at Sydney in the 4 × 100m medley relay, as well as bronze medals at these events.
Giles also shone at the IPC World Championships, winning a gold medal, a silver and a bronze in Malta, 1994, a silver and a bronze in 1998, Christchurch and bronze/silver in 2002, Argentina. In the IPC European Championships, Giles won four gold medals and two silvers between 1995 and 2001 in the 100m butterfly and the 200m individual medley, often setting new European records in the process. As a Paralympic speaker, Giles can describe the skills essential to overcome challenges and secure first place.
Outside swimming, Giles Long has become a popular sports commentator and presenter on TV, at one stage winning a BAFTA award for his Paralympics coverage. He also created LEXI, a graphics system that some say has “revolutionised” the way disability sport is televised around the world. Giles published a book entitled Changing to Win, which describes his story of illness to success. In his speeches, Giles discusses similar topics, inspiring his audience to embrace opportunities in the process.
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Watch one of Giles’ famed motivational speeches here:
When featuring at events Giles is known to discuss such topics as:
- Disability & Sport
- Going For Gold
- Overcoming Personal Challenges
- Mental Strength
- Motivational Athletes
Over the course of his career Giles earned the following achievements:
- Gold medal at the 1994 Malta IPC World Championships
- Gold medal at the 1995 Perpignan IPC European Championships
- Two gold medals at the 1999 Braunschweig IPC European Championships
- Gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games
- Two gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games
- Gold medal at the 2001 Stockholm IPC European Championships