Paralympic icon and former world record holder Danny Crates is widely considered one of the greatest British disability athletes of all time.
After losing his right arm in a horrific accident in 1994 at just 21 years old, Danny was determined to overcome this huge hurdle in his life, focusing on the future and regaining his positive attitude. With utter determination, Danny found his way back onto the rugby field within 6 months and shortly after into Paralympic sport, quickly dominating and famously winning gold in the men’s 800 metres T46 final at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a year which also saw him set a new world record.
It was the highlight of a 12-year glittering career that saw Danny win every major title in the sport, including the World Championships, European Championships and Paralympic World Cup.
Since retiring from international athletics, Danny continues to build on his reputation as a leading motivational/inspirational speaker in the world of business and sport, delivering keynote presentations around the world that leave his audience motivated and inspired to achieve their goals and targets, both personally and within business.
A master storyteller – Danny’s 17-year corporate speaker experience shines through. He is dynamic and presents with warmth and humour, quickly captivating his audience. His presentation is built around his 5 Key Elements to Success which resonates with every department within a business or team and guarantees excellent returns for his clients’ way beyond presentation day.
Danny tailors his presentation for his audience and transfers his Paralympic success into results for them, whether it be overcoming hurdles, aspiration, high expectation, change management, optimising personal performance and excellence, goal setting, teamwork or building exceptional results from failure.
Alongside his speaking, Danny is a regular presenter on TV, from factual programming to sports presentation. Danny is also a published author of his motivational autobiography “Danny Boy” which was voted best sports book in the Evening standard.
Danny participated in Celebrity MasterChef in 2015. He is patron of several charities and loves to challenge himself through sporting fundraising events.
To book Danny Crates as the Olympic speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling an official booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.
“Be Inspired!! Danny was inspirational. Whether talking to children or presenting to adults he had the audience riveted, and we have already received a number of requests from other organisations keen to work with him.” – Bob Diamond, Medway 2012 Manager
“Danny Crates simultaneously charmed and inspired our audience by sharing with us the seriousness of his tenacity and will to succeed with sparkle and a terrific sense of humour! He is an inspiring and professional speaker and shows great intuition in matching the environment as a speaker. He has a wonderful personality that comes through during his speech and his contact with the audience following the speech. Feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive!” –Brydie Lear, GOLD (Global Organisational Leadership development) Program Coordinator, Atos Origin International BV
“Danny always presents a very positive picture of competing at international level, and captures the audience throughout the presentation with strong messages about participation in sport. He is always well prepared for each event and can be flexible and adaptable if needed. His content and delivery are always excellent and we will be using him again!” –Russell Everard, Braintree District Council
“Danny Crates – great! Worth the whole day. Please find more like this – not education, just pure inspiration – superb!!” – Essex Primary Headteachers Association
“Danny was a reliable, honest interesting and truly inspirational speaker who engaged the audience with humour, while delivering the messages we asked of him. Great person to have at any event we would certainly recommend him to anyone.” – The Chelmsford Partnership