Paralympian Gold Medalist & Motivational Speaker
Danny Crates is a highly experienced and sought-after keynote speaker who guarantees excellent returns for his clients’ way beyond presentation day.
A master storyteller and event host Danny’s 19-years global speaking experience shines through. He is dynamic and presents with warmth and humour, quickly captivating and engaging with his audience.
After losing his right arm in a horrific accident at just 21 years old, Danny was determined to overcome that huge hurdle in his life, focus on the future and regain his positive mental attitude. Danny’s drive and determination saw him back on the rugby field within 6 months and shortly after into Paralympic sport, quickly dominating – famously winning gold in the men’s 800 metres at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a year which also saw him set a new world record. It was the highlight of a glittering international career that saw Danny win every major title in the sport, including the World Championships, European Championships and Paralympic World Cup.
Since retiring from international athletics, Danny continues to build on his reputation as a leading motivational/inspirational speaker in the world of business and sport delivering keynote presentations around the world that leave his audience motivated and inspired to achieve their goals and targets both personally and within business.
Danny tailors his presentation for his audience and transfers his Paralympic success into achievable and measurable results for them, whether it be overcoming hurdles, change management, optimising personal performance and excellence, goal setting, incremental gain, teamwork or building exceptional results from failure. His presentations are built around his “5 Key Elements to Success” which resonates with every department within a business or team.
Alongside his speaking Danny is a Personal Performance coach, facilitating individuals and teams to unlock their true potential. He is also a regular on TV, presenting on large sporting events such as the Paralympics and World Darts Championships as well factual programmes for the BBC including three consecutive series of BBC Food: Truth or Scare. Danny was also a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef reaching the quarter finals.
From School events to large corporate events Danny Crates inspires audiences with his laid back yet warm presentation style. Danny’s Presentations are based around his 5 key elements to success and to question what is your 1% better. The speech is about leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit to success and is built around his 4 year journey from bronze in Sydney to Gold in Athens. Dannys 5 key elements are –
- Set the Goal
- The reason, your why
- Plan the journey
- Surround yourself the the right team
- Incremental gain. Breaking your goal down into manageable stepping stones, this leads into the what is your 1% better question.
Within thee topics Danny covers –
- continuious improvement
- learning and moving on from setbacks and failure
- Control the Controllables
- Performing under pressure
- Growth mindset
- Stepping outside of your comfort zone
- Building a high-performance team
- Creating and maintaining a positive mindset
"Danny was brilliant and exactly what the conference required. His presentation touched on themes of goal setting, improvement, and achievement which were extremely relevant for all the universities in attendance. The mix of humour and seriousness was spot on also. Can I also say how nice it was dealing with Danny, he was lovely and we really appreciate that he stayed around for a chat. Thanks again!"
— Kevin Heaney – Ellucian
“Danny Crates was one of the most inspirational guests at our recent Power to Perform week. His talk was incredibly inspiring and applicable to everybody, proving that no hurdle in life is impossible to overcome. His charm, humour, and honesty were met with approval by a very engaged audience, and I know that each person left having been motivated and touched by Danny’s unique story.”
— Peter Moss, Managing Director, Trading, Financial & Risk – Thomson Reuters
Danny presented at three staff events, speaking to almost 500 employees in total, and each time the response from our guests was overwhelmingly positive. Danny is very comfortable, genuine and engaging, both in front of an audience and when speaking individually to our guests. His presentations were incredibly inspiring and motivating and were delivered with a wonderful mix of sincerity, clarity and good humour. Prior to the events Danny made sure he understood our brief, he asked all the right questions, and his presentation reflected this. He was a pleasure to work with, and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work with him again.
— Fritha Ryan, Senior Communications Executive - Ingeus UK Limited