Dame Sarah Storey – Britain’s Greatest Female Paralympian
Inspirational Keynote Speaker - Overcoming Adversity & Personal Development
Sarah is the UK’s Greatest Paralympian and sought after for a variety of different roles including:-
Performance consultant and strategist
Motivational keynote speaker
Seminar speaker & workshops on a variety of subjects from leadership to inclusion and accessibility
After dinner speaker, Event host on stage, Event host conducting interviews with award winners or similar
TV presenter, event commentary and expert commentator, Radio contributor, University lecturer
School events & lessons, including delivering aspects of the curriculum
Sports coach and activity group leader, Sports event host, Hospitality hosting at sporting events
Speaking Topics include
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
- Leadership & Teamwork
- Overcoming Adversity
- Sports & The Olympics
Sarah Storey is a British road and track racing cyclist.
Sarah has a very decorated sporting history behind her, competing in a number of high profile competitions as well as a number of Paralympic Games.
She has won the heart of the nation and continually gains success time and time again. Sarah was born without a functioning left hand, yet she hasn’t let this disability hold her back and has gone on to achieve more than most able-bodied people have.
Initially, Sarah began her career as a Paralympic swimmer, competing at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games.
Swimming was a particular talent of Sarah’s, finishing her swimming career having won two gold, three silver and a bronze medal. Unfortunately, Sarah had to give up swimming due to suffering from ear infections.
After leaving swimming Sarah discovered a talent for cycling, first competing in the sport at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games was the fifth games that Sarah competed in, bringing home another victory for herself when she won the individual pursuit and the road time trial. Also in 2008,
Sarah competed in the National Track Pursuit Championships, where she raced against able-bodied athletes, winning the competition.
Later in 2010, she qualified to compete in the 2012 Commonwealth Games for the British team. These games were very significant for Sarah, as she was the first disabled cyclist to ever compete for Britain at a Commonwealth Games.
The 2012 London Paralympic Games was another momentous occasion for Sarah, as she won the first gold medal in the women’s individual C5 pursuit for Britain.
Sarah performed impeccably in these games, taking home another three gold medals.
Sarah decided to take on the challenge of team management, founding her own cycling team alongside her husband Barney Storey.
The team is called the Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International women’s amateur cycling team, and it supports the Boot Out Breast Cancer charity.
At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Sarah took home the title of the most successful female Paralympian after she won the individual pursuit final.
Due to Sarah’s commitment to sport, she was awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire at the 1998 New Years Honours.
Most recently, at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, Sarah solidified her prominence as an athlete with another three Paralympic Golds in the C4-5 road race, C5 time trial and the C5 3000m individual pursuit.
Sarah’s prominence as a Paralympian has seen her become a highly sought after speaker for corporate events.
When looking for a Paralympian to inspire your audiences to overcome adversity and break their personal barriers, don’t hesitate in booking the inspirational 28 x Paralympic medallist Dame Sarah Storey.
Sarah’s Speaking Style
Sarah is an articulate and accomplished individual working alongside her sport as a successful and highly acclaimed public speaker.
Her frank, honest and lively approach is always welcomed by her clients and she has the ability to adapt her style to suit audiences of all types, leaving them motivated and inspired to get on with the job.
Her vast presentation experience allows her to work equally at ease as a keynote conference speaker or in the classroom, Sarah can deliver the messages required with real life examples and always with her own slant and experience.
Every speech is planned specifically for the needs of each client and repeat visits can always be arranged with additional focus on any particular area of her career or experience.
The duration, content and messages from Sarah’s talks can be adapted to any walk of life and every audience will leave with a unique insight into the world of sport.
Whether the client wishes the speech to be based around the characteristics needed to be successful, team work, handling change, adversity, illness or discrimination, to name but a few, Sarah is able to deliver a speech that is right for the client and tying in with the theme’s of their event.
As well as her successful resume, Sarah has battled chronic fatigue syndrome, bullies at school due to being an athlete, an eating disorder, broken bones and blatant disability discrimination from a coach in her University town.
She has also successfully completed a Sports Science Degree and has been a volunteer coach for over 20 years.
In 2016 she and Barney launched their own Cycling Club with the aim of getting more people cycling. Her philosophical view and ability to look for the positives from challenging situations mean her style is both refreshing and infectious.
Sarah has travelled the world as an ambassador for sport, was awarded the MBE in the 1998 New Years Honours List for her services to swimming for people with disabilities and then received an OBE in the 2009 New Years Honours List for her services to disabled sport.
In 2013, as recognition for her longevity in Para-sport and incredible successes, Sarah was made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours list, giving her the official title of Dame Sarah Storey DBE.
In 2008 and 2014, Sarah was nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Award and was also a nominee for the 2012, 2016 and 2021 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Sarah is also passionate about the opportunities for young people in life and comes highly recommended as a mentor for young people and the challenges they face growing up.
As well as public speaking, Sarah has a vast experience in the media and is a leading voice nationally on the solutions delivered by sustainable transport options.