A few weeks ago I watched my team West Ham win the Europa Conference League final. As a fan of the club since i was 10 years old, I was not sure I would ever see my team make history and win a cup in my lifetime.
Many of the speakers we work with have also achieved history with their amazing feats and accomplishments. From sports to climbing and exploring – these are just a few of the inspirational speakers we work with that have made history in one way or another.
Jim Lawless is a record-breaking freediver who was voted number 1 Motivational Speaker outside of the US in the Global Guru rankings and has inspired over a million people on five continents through his speeches alone.
As CEO of transformation innovators Symmetry, Jim Lawless is a leading architect of change and a trusted advisor to international organisations, fast-growth companies, and Olympic Teams.
In 2012 Jim became the first Briton to dive deeper than 101m on a single breath. That’s slightly higher than the height of Big Ben with a London Bus and a London Taxi on top of it but beneath the ocean!
Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes is a British icon and an inspiration
She joined the British Army at 17, serving for nearly 10 years as a qualified HGV driver and Physical Training Instructor, and in 1998 she was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to the armed forces.
During a 12-year international career, Kelly won multiple medals at Commonwealth, European, World, and Olympic level, culminating in two Gold Medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics Games for the 800m and 1500m, which cemented her place in history as the first women ever in Great Britain to win two gold medals at the same games. She was honoured with a Damehood in 2005 for services to sport.
Darren Edwards is a former mountaineer and Army Reservist who sustained a life-changing injury in the summer of 2016. The near-fatal climbing accident would leave Darren permanently paralysed from the chest down.
With determination, grit, and positivity, Darren has overcome adversity by becoming a Disabled Adventurer, Expedition Leader, and Motivational Speaker. In 2023 Darren became the first handcycle athlete to complete the World Marathon Challenge of 7 Marathons in 7 days.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes is an explorer, author, award winner, and inspirational speaker, considered to be the World’s Greatest Living Explorer.
For over 40 years he has taken part in and explored some of the Worlds remote places and lived through life-threatening experiences.
- First to reach both Poles (with Charles Burton).
- First to cross Antarctic and Arctic Ocean (with Charles Burton).
- First to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis (with Charles Burton).
- Led the first hovercraft expedition up the longest river in the world (the Nile) in 1968/1969. (to name just a few!)
Kenton Cool is one of the world’s leading high-altitude climbers, an avid adventurer, a mountaineer, and a highly engaging and inspiring speaker. Kenton holds the record for non-Sherpa summits of Everest, having summited the world’s highest mountain an astonishing 16 times. He has climbed extensively all over the world – establishing new routes and first ascents on peaks in Alaska, Europe, and India.
This 16th summit confirms Kenton’s status as the world’s most successful high-altitude mountaineer and elite IFMGA* mountain guide. He was the first person in history to complete the ‘Everest Triple Crown’ – the peaks of Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse in one continuous push from Everest base camp
Helen Richardson Walsh won a Gold Medal as part of the GB women’s hockey team at the 2016 Olympics and is a keynote motivational speaker and speaker on equality.
Helen has competed in four Olympic Games and was the youngest ever woman to represent GB hockey at an Olympics in 2000.
The significance of her gold in 2016 was made all the more memorable as she was part of the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic medal playing for the same team. Her wife was GB captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, and they entered history when they stepped onto the podium.
Michael McGrath is an inspirational speaker on resilience, leadership, disability awareness, and diversity and inclusion
At just 18yrs, Michael was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy (MD), a degenerative muscle-wasting disease. Nineteen years later, Michael made history by becoming the first disabled person to lead expeditions to both the North (April 2002) and the South Poles (Jan 2004).
He was recognised by the Queen in 2004 for his ‘contribution to national life’ and he was included in the Christmas Day broadcast to the nation by Her Majesty reinforcing diversity as a strength. His polar accomplishments provide a unique ‘can-do’ platform for businesses to leverage, in helping to for example reinforce key messages, provide a platform to launch a new D&I initiative, boost employee morale, or reaffirm organisational values.
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