Our Speakers

  • Graham Thorpe MBE

    Graham Thorpe MBE  Cricket

    Thorpey is a former English cricketer who played for England internationally and Surrey domestically. A left-handed middle-order batsman and slip fielder, he appeared in exactly 100 Test matches. Graham is now the batting coach for the national team and England won the 2019 One Day World Cup.

  • Simon Shaw MBE

    Simon Shaw MBE  Rugby

    Simon, a 2003 Rugby World Cup winner and former Wasps star, spoke to the 140 strong audience about his late development into professional rugby at 16, his sporting career and subsequent transition into business after retirement.

  • Greg Rutherford MBE

    Greg Rutherford MBE  Athletics

    Greg memorably won London 2012 gold on Super Saturday when he joined Jess Ennis and Mo Farah who all struck gold in the space of 44 unfathomable minutes on the track. He has also held every available elite outdoor title at the same time: National, Continental, World, Olympic, Diamond League and Commonwealth.

  • Mark Foster

    Mark Foster  Swimming

    Throughout his remarkable career, Mark has won 51 major international medals, competed in 5 Olympics, been 6 times World Champion, 11 times European champion, 2 times Commonwealth champion and broke the world record 8 times.

  • Ray Wilkins MBE

    Ray Wilkins MBE Football

    Ray is a Sky Sports pundit, former England footballer, and former manager at QPR and Fulham FC, who went on to win the Premiership when assistant manager at Chelsea FC. This was one of Ray's last appearances as he suddenly passed away in 2018.

    • Dame Katherine Grainger

      Dame Katherine Grainger Rowing

      Katherine won Olympic silver at Rio 2016, gold at London 2012 to add to her silver medals from Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008, as well as six world championships titles in her collection. Katherine is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and the first British woman to win medals at five successive games.

    • Adrian Moorhouse MBE

      Adrian Moorhouse MBE Swimming

      Adrian Moorhouse won a Gold medal in the 100m breaststroke in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Adrian is a former SportsAid alumni so fully understands the importance of the grants and the impact they can make in enabling young talent to compete on the international stage..

      • Amy Williams MBE

        Amy Williams MBE Skeleton

        Amy talked about how she became part of the British Skeleton development programme while studying at Bath University, going on to represent Great Britain and win the Women’s Skeleton event, achieving Britain’s first gold medal an individual event at the Winter Olympics for 30 years, and the first by a woman for 58 years.

      • Ian Robertson

        Ian Robertson Rugby

        Ian, who was fresh from this year’s Rugby World Cup, kept an audience of more than 155 local business people entertained with anecdotes and stories from his lengthy career commentating around the world.

      • Sharron Davies

        Sharron Davies MBE Swimming

        Sharron Davies occupies a unique position in British life. In an age of increasingly fleeting fame and notoriety, she has been one of the UK’s best known and most popular sportswomen since bursting onto the scene as a 13 year old Olympian in 1976. More than 30 years later she is still a popular, in demand and much admired character.

      • Geoff Miller

        Geoff Miller OBE Cricket

        Geoff provided the audience with an insight into the many highlights of his sporting career, playing with the likes of Viv Richards, Ian Botham and Geoff Boycott, and talked of the great “honour and privilege” of being the person who makes “players dreams come true” by selecting them to play for their country.

      • Derek Redmond

        Derek Redmond  Athletics

        Derek, who was world 4 x 400m relay champion in 1991 and was famously carried across the finishing line by his father at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics after a devastating hamstring injury, kept the audience entertained with stories of life on the athletics circuit. Now a respected coach, advisor and commentator, he was the past recipient of a SportsAid grant, and spoke about the importance of supporting young athletes and what a difference the grant had made to him.

      • Sarah Winckless

        Sarah Winckless  Rowing

        Sarah won a bronze medal in the Double sculls at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and was world champion in 2005 and 2006. She received SportsAid funding when just 18, and told the audience how the huge amount of support she had had throughout her career had helped her achieve her goals. Having retired from competitive rowing in 2009, she continues to give back to sport as the Chair of the British Olympic Association Athletes' Commission.

      • Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards

        Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards  Ski jumping

        Eddie shot to fame by becoming Britain’s first ever competitive ski jumper when he took part in the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics and more recently hit the headlines by winning ITV’s Splash celebrity diving competition. Edwards kept the audience entertained with tales of how he struggled to fund his Olympic dreams – including eating food from waste bins, using equipment donated by other teams and even staying in a mental hospital to save on accommodation costs.

      • Donna Fraser

        Donna Fraser  Athletics

        Donna was full of insight into the competitive world of British athletics - a finalist in 1998 at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games (where she took a bronze medal), Donna also played an integral part of Britain's 4x400 relay team, taking medals at the World Championships in 2005, European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

      • Danny Crates

        Danny Crates  Athletics

        Danny is described as ‘one of the world’s most inspiring athletes of the modern era’. Recently retired from International competition the former T46 arm amputee, 2004 Paralympic Champion, European Champion, Paralympic World Cup winner and world record holder recently presented Channel 4s coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

      • Karen Pickering MBE

        Karen Pickering MBE  Swimming

        Karen has won more major championship medals for Britain than any other female swimmer and has won more Commonwealth medals than any other female athlete in any sport. What makes her achievements even more remarkable is that in 1996 she broke her back in a car accident and fought her way back to world competition!

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