Rachel Smith


Representing Great Britain in World and European Dragon Boat Racing Championships, Rachel Smith holds an amazing 25 medals and two world records. Rachel delivers talks as a motivational speaker and after dinner speaker focusing on what is needed to achieve peak performance and overcome adversity in any situation. In 2008, Rachel joined the elite group of female athletes to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. Rachel has achieved all of these feats whilst also managing to balance a successful full-time career in Marketing.

Rachel understands that staying competitive, overcoming adversity and achieving prolonged success demands a large degree of teamwork, focus during tough times and visualisation, allowing you to maintain both physical and mental strength. Delivering intriguing presentations as an after dinner speaker, Rachel relates to her audiences to ensure guests come away with a valuable lesson they can sue in their own lives.

As an after dinner speaker, Rachel portrays the experience of rowing the Atlantic, two-hours on and two hours off in howling gales and huge waves. After 76 gruelling days crossing the ocean, Rachel and her rowing partner Lin arrived in Antigua February 2008.

During Rachel’s speaking engagements as a motivational speaker, she draws upon her marketing and business background to relate her messages from sport to every audience member. Rachel’s speeches have real resonance as well as application in corporate and personal life. Approachable, modest and engaging, Rachel’s enthusiasm as an after dinner speaker during motivational talks is infectious.

To book Rachel Smith as the motivational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Rachel is known to cover the following topics:

  • Motivational Speaker
  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Maximising Success

“Rachel spoke at our annual conference about her amazing adventure with her rowing partner Lin. Our conference delegates are finance professionals whose work involves numbers, budgets and processes, but they were totally captivated by their story. Incredible determination, bravery and passion shone through with every word and we really felt as if we were riding the same rollercoaster of emotions that they went through. Several of our delegates were moved to tears by their story – no mean feat to reduce grown men to tears! ‘The theme of our Conference was “Reach for the Stars – realising organisational and personal potential” and you were a fabulous illustration of what can happen when you look beyond the ordinary and challenge yourself to do the extraordinary. A truly exceptional account of a truly amazing and awe-inspiring achievement.” – CIPFA

“Rachel provides an inspirational story of a lady on a mission to do something different. She tells a great tale of the trials and tribulations that go with leaving behind a steady job to embark on an adventure of epic proportions. Anyone lacking in motivation should go listen to Rachel. She’s the epitome of when you put your mind to something you can achieve great things.” – Adventure Travel Show