Long-distance runner and Olympic speaker Jo Pavey MBE tasted success from a very early age, achieving a 1500m British record when she was just 15 years old. She is probably best known, however, for taking part in no fewer than four Olympic Games and for coming just outside the medals behind athletes who were later embroiled in the doping scandal. Having enjoyed a hugely successful career, Pavey now uses her experiences in athletics alongside powerful anecdotes to help inspire and motivate audiences across the world.
Despite suffering injuries for the best part of a decade and being plagued with viruses, Jo has won medal after medal after medal, achieving a domestic total of nine golds and one silver between 1988 and 2012. These have been gained in the 1500m, the 3000m, the 5000m and the 10,000m. Dealing with setbacks during her career, Pavey often talks about how to deal with setbacks, whether it be missing a major sporting event or missing a crucial deadline.
In terms of major championships, Jo came 12th in the 5000m at the 2000 Olympic Games, 5th in the 5000m at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, 12th in the 10,000m at the 2008 Olympics and 7th in both the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Although never registering an Olympic medal, Pavey’s impact and influence in long-distance running events in Britain has been influential. The numbers of competing athletes in these events have risen sharply due to the legacy Pavey has built.
However, this Olympic speaker has won a gold medal in the 2014 European Championships as well as a silver medal two years prior in the same competition. Pavey took home a silver medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. When at events, Pavey is known to discuss vital topics such as peak performance and maximising success.
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When at events, Pavey is known to discuss the following topics:
- British Athletics
- Dealing with Setbacks
- Peak Performance
- Maximising Success
- Being Under the Spotlight
Over the course of his career Pavey earned the following achievements:
- Gold medal at the 2014 Zurich European Championships
- Gold medal at the 2006 Malaga European Cup