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Danny Crates


Paralympian Gold Medalist & Motivational Speaker

Danny Crates is one of the UK’s most decorated Paralympians and is a highly experienced and sought-after motivational speaker who guarantees excellent returns for his clients’ way beyond presentation day.

A gold medal winning Paralympian, World & European champion, world record holder, London 2012 ambassador in which he played a pivotal role in bringing the games to the UK and was Great Britain’s flag bearer at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic opening ceremony.

Since retiring from international athletics Danny has gained international acclaim as a renowned business speaker and is the recipient of numerous speaking accolades, he was recognised as one of the top 5 motivational speakers worldwide.  Danny brings over 25yrs experience delivering keynotes around the globe and his presentations are assured to leave audiences motivated, inspired, and equipped for success.

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 resilience, 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 Crates win every major title in the sport, including the World Championships, European Championships and Paralympic World Cup.  20yrs on and Danny still holds the British 800m record.

Drawing on his personal experiences and the insights gained from participating in elite sports and collaborating with businesses globally, Danny specialises in understanding the building blocks needed to create a high-performance culture and mindset within organisations.

Danny Crates conveys the importance of setting goals and, most importantly, the strategies to attain them. Danny’s presentations are built around his unique personal story and his powerful ‘5 pillars of performance’ a dynamic tool that can be seamlessly utilised by any business or organisation. He is also a sought-after event host, established leadership and performance coach, published author and TV presenter, founder and owner of a high-performance consultancy, 1404 Performance.


  • Goal setting (Danny’s unique and powerful 5 Pillars of Performance)
  • Incremental gain
  • Continuous improvement
  • learning and moving on from setbacks and failure.
  • Control the Controllables
  • Performing under pressure
  • Resilience
  • Growth mindset
  • Stepping outside of your comfort zone
  • Building a high-performance team
  • Creating and maintaining a positive mindset
  • Delivering performance when it counts
  • Creating a robust process for performance
  • Creating high-performing teams

His 4 most popular keynotes are –

The Power to Perform – Every individual possesses the capacity to excel in their chosen field; what’s needed is simply unlocking the code. In this presentation, Danny will delve into the traits of high-performance individuals and teams and demonstrate how you can integrate them into your daily life.

Unleash your inner athlete – In this impactful keynote, Danny shares his personal journey to success, highlighting the qualities exhibited by elite athletes. He will illustrate qualities such as drive, goal orientation, resilience, and a winning mindset are not exclusive to sports stars but are strengths accessible to all.  Danny will show how these qualities can be utilised to deliver your success.

Creating your High-Performance team – During this Keynote Danny will explore the characteristics of high-performing teams and share the steps needed to take your team from good to great.   Danny will show the importance of creating a culture of high performance and how to create it and maintain it for long-term success.

No Hurdle is impossible to overcome – Through his unique journey danny will demonstrate that resilience and adaptability to change are an essential key to success.  Danny will share the steps that have enabled him to overcome huge obstacles in his life and how to turn these into a recipe for success.


Mental Health
Overcoming Adversity
Winning Mindset/performance


We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.