Former Olympian and Inspirational Speaker.
Donna Fraser is a four times Olympian and is an inspirational speaker on teamwork, and overcoming adversity having overcome breast cancer.
Donna started her career in athletics by winning six consecutive English Schools 200m titles and a European Junior 400m gold medal. With the support of Croydon Harriers AC, she went professional in 1996.
Donna’s athletics career spans back over a decade and has an amazing story to share on and off the track. She made a smooth transition in the Senior Athletics arena where she went on to compete for her country on numerous occasions and earned recognition as a serious World Class athlete when she came 4th at the Syndey 2000 Olympic Games, breaking the 50 second barrier for the first time.
Donna Fraser had one of her best years in 2005, where she achieved a fine 200/m400m double at the AAA Championships and was the first athlete to do so since 1945. In 2002, 2005 and 2007 she helped Britain to 4x400m relay bronze in the World Championships and became the BBC Athlete of the Year in 2005.
In 2009 Donna Fraser was forced to retire from the world of athletics due to her being diagnosed with breast cancer; in that same year, she made a life-changing decision to undertake a mastectomy. With the 2012 Olympic Games being held in London, Donna Fraser’s passion to inspire others, drove her to return to the track in 2012.
She achieved the qualifying time to compete at the Olympic trials, which was a personal goal she had set following her breast cancer ordeal.
Donna Fraser is the current Vice President of UK Athletics. She is tasked with overseeing the success of the UK’s current athletes and creating the pathway for the potential world champions of tomorrow.
Donna’s speaking topics include –
• Motivation – Never Give Up!
• Taking on Challenges
• Overcoming Adversity
Donna was amazing. She captivated the audience and held the interest of both the children and their parents. Highly inspirational and such a normal person for all her successes, she didn’t mind how many photos she was asked to pose for. I would both use her again and recommend her.
— Advance Tutorial College Prize Giving Evening
"I can only say that we were blessed to have her with us! She was lovely throughout, from before she arrived on the phone with all of us, when she was with us before the Prize Giving ceremony, during and afterward. She is such a lovely person and made everyone comfortable, and the girls were just so excited to meet her. Everyone loved her."
— Manor House School, Bookham