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Tessa Sanderson

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Olympic Gold Medallist & Six Times Olympian

Tessa Sanderson CBE competed in Six Olympic Games, winning Gold in 1984 for the Javelin and is a charming motivational speaker on teamwork, health and wellbeing, and adoption issues.

Tessa remains today the only British Woman ever to win a throwing Gold Medal and in addition to the Olympic Gold, won three Commonwealth Golds and a World Cup Gold in Cuba in 1990. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and competing in her 5th Olympics she finished an incredible 4th place in the final.

In March 2004 New Years Honours list Tessa Sanderson was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty the Queen, in recognition of her services to sport and Vice Chairman of Sport England the leading strategic organisation for sport in England.

Before the CBE, she was the recipient of an OBE in December 1997 for her work with various charities and in 1985 was awarded the MBE for winning her Olympic Gold Medal for Great Britain in Los Angeles. In October 2004 Tessa was awarded the Sunday Times Life Times Achievement Award for her dedication to sport.

Tessa holds two Honorary Fellowship Degree one from South Bank University in London in 2004, and before this Wolverhampton Polytechnic. She also has an honorary Masters Degree from Birmingham University.

During her 26 years competing for Great Britain, Tessa was voted Sports Personality of the Year and Athlete of the Year (3 times) by the Athletics Writers Association. In 1988 Tessa presented the Sports News for 2 ½ years for Sky Television. Her media career involved television presenting for BBC, ITV, Bloomberg, GMTV, where she covered the 1996 Olympics from Atlanta. Other media activities include working with Talk Sport Radio and other network radio stations in the UK. Tessa was involved with Talksport again during the 2008 Olympic Games and hosted Talk Jamaica during the 2012 Games.

Tessa has taken part in the BBC Show “Strictly African Dancing” and “Dancing on Ice: Goes Gold,” “Cash in the Attic,” “Pointless,” “Mr & Mrs,” and “Wife Swap.” In 2018 she appeared on Channel 5’ “5 Celebs Go Barging”.

Tessa is a patron to Jamaica Basic Schools a Charity for Underprivileged children in Jamaica. More recently in 2016, she became the patron of Adoption UK having adopted twins herself.

Still involved in sport, initially with the Newham Sports Academy and now with the Tessa Sanderson Sports Foundation & Academy, Tessa is based in the home of the 2012 Olympic Games, Newham.

SPEAKING TOPICS

Tessa is often asked to speak at corporate events and has hosted many awards events. From speaking on her sporting career to subjects such as diversity and equality, Tessa is a bubbly character who always has time for everyone.

• Overcoming Challenges & Determination
• Leadership & teamwork
• Diversity & Equality
• Adoption (Tessa adopted twins aged 58)
• Health & Fitness
Tessa has also taken part in a number of PR campaigns, most recently for Vichy and Solgar.

Topics

Diversity
Leadership
Teamwork
Wellbeing