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Speaker Spotlight: Olympic Rower Alex Gregory MBE
A spectacle of gold-standard success, Alex Gregory is one of the most celebrated Olympic rowers, specialising in the Coxless Four. At both the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, he proved his worth on the water, winning two gold medals with his team. Alex now dedicates his time to writing, public speaking and building his media career. A proud father, his retirement from sport allowed Alex to write Dadventures, a novel about spending time outside with his children. It is filled with exciting activities that parents, grandparents and carers can do with their children, from "After School Activities" to "Overnight Expeditions". Let's take a look back over Alex Gregory's highly influential career so far!
Two times Olympic gold medal-winning athlete, Alex Gregory, has enjoyed a highly successful rowing career. From European to World Rowing Championships, his formidable skillset resulted in 10 medals, nine of which are gold.
European Rowing Championships
His only silver medal was in 2015, when Alex and eight other athletes in the team finished with a time of 5:26.29 - they were just two seconds slower than Germany, who clinched first place. Only a year prior, Alex and his team flew ahead of Greece and Italy, to win the gold medal by five seconds. Such success was repeated in 2016. Alex has won…
A gold medal at the 2014 Belgrade European Rowing Championships
A silver medal at the 2015 Poznan European Rowing Championships
A gold medal at the 2016 Brandenburg European Rowing Championships
World Rowing Championships
Starting in 2009, Alex took the World Rowing Championships by storm for a whopping five years. On an almost yearly basis, his Coxless Four or Eight teams defended their gold medal-winning title. As the 2009 rookie, Alex was under pressure to perform as well as the experienced Olympians on his team. Alex has won…
A gold medal at the 2009 Poznań World Championships
A gold medal at the 2011 Bled World Championships
A gold medal at the 2013 Chungju World Championships
A gold medal at the 2014 Amsterdam World Championships
A gold medal at the 2015 Aiguebelette World Championships
The Olympic Games
Every athlete dreams of Olympic success, but very few achieve their goal. Alex isn't one of them. He burst onto the Olympic scene in 2012, when his team won gold in the Coxless Four. The quad returned at the following Games in 2016 to defend their title, beating Australia to take another gold medal for their country. Alex has won…
A gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games
A gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
Following his retirement, Alex turned his attention to his other passion; fatherhood. An advocate for hands-on learning, he wrote Dadventures as a guide for parents, grandparents and carers eager to enjoy the outdoors with their children. Filled with activities and challenges to strengthen a family's bond, the book is infused with Alex's own experience of juggling fatherhood and adventuring. Alex's realisation that his children just wanted to spend time with him. One glowing Amazon review described Dadventures as:
"[A] fantastic book, with tons of great activities to do with kids (or just adults!). I love Alex's style of writing, very easy… as though he's sat next to you explaining stuff and retelling his stories and adventures. Very engaging, I'm hooked and can't wait to try out some of his ideas."
From humble beginnings to an Olympic gold medalist, Alex has developed a steely mental resolve. As a sports motivational speaker, he connects with audiences on a personal level, inspiring them to embrace their own opportunities. Combined with the lessons he learnt from Dadventures, this booking opportunity is not to be missed. When appearing at events, Alex discusses the following topics:
Forming Winning Teams
Finding True Motivation
Dealing With Pressure
The Balance of Life
Previous testimonials of Alex's speeches include:
"Your presentation style is completely engaging and the humility you displayed as you spoke meant you could have held everyone’s attention for at least a few more hours, I’m sure! The effective way you brought your inspirational story of ultimate sporting success following the overcoming of many personal adversities, back to the jobs of every individual in the room, meant everyone couldn’t help but be left with a compelling feeling of personal motivation from your words. A week or so since the event, you are still being quoted continually by members of our team – a sentiment to how well your story still resonates with us all."