With a record 125 caps for England, Peter Shilton OBE was a talismanic figure of his national side. One of the best goalkeepers to play for the national side, Peter has gone down in the history books for playing in hugely momentous games in his life, including one including Maradona and the infamous ‘hand of god’ incident.
Peter’s experiences at the pinnacle of his sport as well as his ongoing career as a well loved football pundit and television personality, Peter has become a well versed sports speaker who is both engaging and intriguing.
A legend of golf, Tony Jacklin CBE is best known for his three Ryder Cup victories and winning two opens, namely the US Open and Open Championship. Tony Jacklin broke every performance record in the history of British Golf by the age of just 26.
The son of a lorry driver, Tony entered a truly elitist sport and overcame prejudice to be the best golfer in the country. Tony’s drive and determination stands him out from the crowd and his experiences on the course make for a hugely insightful and enjoyable after dinner speech.
Playing first class cricket and international cricket for 16 years, Michael Vaughan has made over 160 appearances for his country, his greatest achievement being captain for the victorious 2005 Ashes tour. Since retirement in 2009, Vaughan has become a pre-eminent TV Presenter, covering cricket both in the UK and in Australia.
Vaughan’s vast knowledge and ability to relate his experiences to sporting events makes him a highly desirable sports speaker on the after dinner speaker circuit.
Renowned for his captaincy of the England Rugby team during their victorious 2003 Rugby World Cup campaign, Martin Johnson CBE is one of the best-known faces in the sport. Johnson’s career began after two seasons playing American Football in New Zealand. Quickly becoming an integral part of the England side, Johnson was elemental in the 1995 Grand Slam victory.
Martin’s times as England Coach have give him the ability to truly inspire teamwork and morale into people from any background and his life lessons learnt from sport are translatable to social and corporate environments alike.
Matthew Hoggard MBE has recently been named best English test bowler in history after research from the BBC. Hoggy’s ability to take wickets against some of the most formidable batsmen in the world have seen him place higher than the likes of Jimmy Anderson, Derek Anderson and Ian Botham.
Matthew’s amicable personality and intriguing anecdotal tales have seen him become a hugely desirable sports speaker and TV personality.