Joe Thompson is a formidable footballer, who's on-pitch determination in the face of adversity has shaped him as a person, and a speaker. Following a battle with cancer, Joe has proved that mental strength and a positive attitude hold the key to self-motivation through life's challenges. Audiences are inspired by Joe's thought-provoking anecdotes, whether from the perspective of a footballer or a two-time cancer survivor. Joe is an award-winning athlete, his strategies for success are fuelled by a strong understanding of teamwork and leadership.
Aged just 16, Joe joined Rochdale Football Club, the team that he is famed for. He was awarded the League Two Apprentice award after just 13 appearances, a testament to his natural talent on the pitch. In 2009, after scoring a goal against Port Vale, he was awarded Man of the Match, the mark of a truly incredible player. Joe went from strength to strength, described by the Manchester Evening News as the "most improved member of the squad". With over 225 senior appearances, Joe scored 23 goals.
While in Tranmere Rovers' first team, Joe was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He later signed with Bury, whose manager described his mental strength as inspiring. In 2017, after Joe had fought off cancer, it was announced that the disease had returned for a second time. He remained strong through the life-threatening challenge and, once again, beat cancer. As an after dinner speaker, audiences are inspired by Joe's story, as he discusses the highs of football success and lows of his fight with cancer.
For corporate guests, footballers can provide an insight into productive teamwork, leadership and peak performance, influenced by their first hand experiences. Joe's stories showcase football in all of its glory, including the support of an entire stadium when he was diagnosed with cancer. Knowledgeable, inspiring and highly motivating, a speaker like Joe can leave a lasting impression on event guests.