Gail Emms MBE

Former Professional Badminton Player, Silver Olympic Medallist, Former Badminton England Coach, Global Keynote Speaker & Event Host





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Gail Emms' official speaking topics are listed below:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Badminton & Sports
  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Achieving Goals 
  • Performing Under Pressure

Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"Gail was an extremely charming, entertaining and inspiring guest. Her kindness in speaking individually to nearly all of our ladies, some of whom are quite elderly, was much appreciated. She was also my very funny neighbour while we ate our lunch!" - Derby Womens Luncheon Club

"Gail was wonderful and a real hit for all. She engaged really well with the parents and pupils; she was funny and had a message that really hit home. So a big 'thank you' to her." - C Cole, Deputy Head, York House

"I wanted to pay tribute to Gail Emms who attended the JCAT staff training day yesterday. Sadly I was not able to say a proper goodbye and thanks as I became swamped with requests from other staff. Please can you convey my sincere thanks to Gail for her heartfelt and sincere presentation which, as the feedback shows, touched many people in the 90+ strong audience. Gail mixed painful memories with practical tips and delivered her talk with humour and searing honesty. I know the head of PE would like to invite her back to talk to his pupils , such was her impact." - Gareth, CEO, JCAT

"Gail was a fantastic speaker and I've had nothing but great feedback from those that attended. Please pass on my thanks to her. I will certainly be in touch with you again to book our speaker for 2022" - Kieran, Events Officer, Littlehampton Town Council

"Gail Emms came to Kingston University to speak to the students who had been accepted in to our Sports Performance Programme. Gail delivered an inspiring motivational talk about her own Olympic journey, which really engaged with the students. She understood their goals and tailored the speech accordingly, so that it was fun and informative. We really hope to be able to work with Gail again in the future, she is a shining example of somebody who has achieved their goals while maintaining a life balance." - Kingston University

"We would certainly use your company again." - Dawn, St. Nicholas' School

"Just wanted to say an official thank you for booking Gail Emms for our sports awards evening last night.  Gail was fantastic!  We had so many positive comments from girls, parents and staff at the end that we were overwhelmed. Gail’s speech was sincere, genuine and a real positive message to all of our students.  I hope that she enjoyed the evening as much as we did." - Julie, Nottingham Girls High School

"The Sports Awards night was fantastic. Gail was very very good and pupils enjoyed listening to her and getting photos with her medals. Very much appreciate the help in sorting the guest speaker." - Nelson Thomlinson School

"It went really well thank you and Gail was fantastic! The feedback from everyone has been extremely positive - she pitched it exactly right and the response to this has been great!  Best wishes." - Caroline, Dame Allans School

"Gail did an absolutely amazing job. Her talk was humorous, interesting, emotional and exciting, underlining the message and theme for our evening. The feedback from staff, parents and students was all extremely positive. Gail stayed around at the end of the evening to meet students and was happy to chat, answer questions and have photos, an added bonus. I would highly recommend Gail for other school events, her enthusiasm and passion for supporting young people shone through." - Timothy, Meden School

"I would be grateful if you could pass on our thanks to Gail for yesterday, I have had so much brilliant feedback about her talks, everyone enjoyed them. She is such a lovely person, very entertaining and friendly, everyone who met her were impressed by the way she adapted to whatever audience was in front her, pupils, staff, parents etc. Her speech was funny, inspiring and informative and everyone said they were impressed. Thank you so much for your help with booking her, I would highly recommend her." - Joanna, Moorside High School

"Everything was great – thank you. Gail was excellent and a perfect fit for my team. The whole day went well, and we are all motivated for the challenge ahead. Good recommendation Serena, I have saved you as a contact for the future." - Satyen, Trimcraft Ltd.

"Gail Emms was a huge hit when she came to speak and present prizes here at Cheam on Saturday 7th July. She had a horrendous journey which meant that we wheeled her into a room full of 700 people the moment she arrived and she then stood up and spoke for 10 minutes (with no notes!) and delivered a perfect speech. I can’t tell you how many parents and children have commented on her speech since Saturday. Thank you for arranging and we are hoping that we may see Gail here again at Cheam some day in the future." - Martin, Cheam School

"Gail Emms is an excellent public speaker – she held the audience for all 45 mins of her talk which documented her journey from playing sport at the participation level through to high performance and on to Olympic success. Articulate, humorous and confident during the talk, approachable for short conversations with interested attendees afterwards. This was a brilliant event." - James, Anglia Ruskin University

“It went really well, her speech was very well received and very inspiring. Having her there was a great addition to our meeting.” - Dawn, Iris Service Delivery UK Limited

"The event went super smoothly! This was no doubt down to Gail, who was absolutely fantastic on the night and probably one of the best comperes we have ever had! All the guests and colleagues I have spoken to said she done such a great job! I think we will definitely like to invite Gail back next year to be our Host! Please do send on my thanks to her. It was a pleasure to have met her and I wish her and her family very merry end to year! Thanks for all the support Lewis!" - Broxbourne Borough Council  

“We all wanted to pass on a huge thank you to Gail, she was absolutely wonderful and the feedback about her inspirational talk was so positive!  She was lovely, warm, funny and inspiring.” -  Claire, Santander

"It went really well yesterday, thank you. Gail was brilliant with the children, answering all their questions and sharing her medals and stories with them and linking to our school values. She was bubbly and full of energy all morning, inspiring many of our youngsters!" - Chris, Cranham C of E Primary School

"Gail was really excellent and got the mood of the room precisely - made a lot of friends on the evening and I have received lot of messages commending her for all she said. Her ability to engage, inform and entertain a broad demographic is outstanding!"  - Chris, IAPS

"The event went very well and everyone was impressed with Gail’s talk. She pitched it perfectly so that both staff and students got a great deal from it. Her talk was mentioned this morning by a very experienced teacher saying how much he got from it and how he is going to use the tip of ‘don’t aim for 100%’ with his students." - Linda, Dame Alice Owens School

"Gail was absolutely perfect - so thank you so much for your recommendation! Also, thank you for your help in the build up. We will definitely be back if we need someone in the future." - Melissa, City of Lancaster Gymnastics Club

"Being honest, Gail was amazing for our event. She delivered exactly what we wanted and provided a light hearted approach to her speech, which ensured all in attendance were engaged throughout. The content delivered was precisely the message that we wanted to get across to attendees. Away from the formal speech Gail was approachable and genuine, as you know we had a few photos and videos that we wanted to take and she was happy to do this with no fuss and professionalism. All in all we are extremely pleased that we decided Gail was right for our event and would not hesitate to recommend or even appoint her again."- Matt, Havant Borough Council

"What an amazing assembly. I have never heard applause at the end of any assembly or even the staff band like that (in 12 years) Spoke to some girls who were really inspired to. I have been fortunate enough through sport to have heard many people and talked with them on 1:1 but she absolutely topped the list. The message of trying and not giving up and saying how she had failed and carried on gave life message that many girls will take on board." - Northampton School for Girls

"Gail was punctual, on time and her appearance was very professional. Her speech came across as very down to earth and humble and was informative. Gail had overcome many challenges when she was at her peak and I think the students could relate to this in their lives. She gave a good message of sacrifice, being yourself and fulfilling potential to our students. The students really enjoyed touching her 2 medals and were excited to see these in 1st hand." - City of London Academy

"Please pass on my thanks from Wigan Council and myself to Gail herself. The feedback has been amazing from her visit. Everyone really enjoyed her talk, and she was so approachable and happy to do anything on the night." - Steven, Wigan

"Gail turned out to be a brilliant hostess , warm , genuine and knowledgable, with the girl next door charm & appeal . As an olympic champion, the success she has had, engendered a great rapport with our successful awards winners,256  aptly presented in the winners suite at the Crowne Plaza London Dockland. Gail amused , entertained the captive audience and interviewed the winners and genuinely invoked a great rapport and entertainment . When the ceremony finished she sat for 5 minutes at each table engaging with the delegations. To a man & woman we were in undated afterwards with appreciation stories about Gail Emms and thank her for contributing in no small part to the success of our event." - Bill, UK Ports Association

"The event went really well thank you, I hope Gail enjoyed herself. The students loved hearing from her!" - Alicia, Senior Programme Manager, Investin

Feedback from Virtual Events:

"I just wanted to say thank you to you and Gail for todays talk. Feedback already received was good." - Tracy, Safety, Wellbeing & Facilities Manager, Ideagen

  • 2013 - Appointed to Badminton England Coaching Staff
  • 2009 - Appointed MBE for Services to Badminton
  • 2006 - World Badminton Champion, Mixed Doubles
  • 1 x Silver Olympic medallist
  • 2 x Commonwealth Games Gold medallist
  • 1 x Commonwealth Games Silver medallist
  • 2 x Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist
  • 2 x European Championships Gold medallist
  • 2 x European Championships Silver medallist
  • 1 x European Championships Bronze medallist
  • 3 x European Mixed Team Championships Silver medallist
  • 1 x European Mixed Team Championships Bronze medallist
  • 1 x European Women's Team Championships Silver medallist
  • 1 x World Junior Championships Bronze medallist
  • 2 x European Junior Championships Bronze medallist