Gail Emms MBE


Olympic Silver medalist, Gail Emms is a badminton athlete turned motivational speaker and Olympic speaker, using her experiences across years of success on the court to inspire people to attain their goals. She achieved silver at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games with her mixed doubles partner Nathan Robertson, the pinnacle of her career. Emms announced her retirement after Beijing 2008, deciding to focus her efforts onto media commitments and a new role as an after dinner speaker and sports speaker.

A hugely successful career which saw Emms claim World Championships gold in 2006, consecutive Commonwealth titles and back-to-back European Championships, she dominated the sport throughout the early 2000s. A passionate sports woman and now loving mother, Gail Emms has become the face and voice of badminton undertaking broadcasting and commentary roles for the sport. An ambassador for badminton and women within sport, Gail Emms is a truly phenomenal personality, athlete and mentor to the sporting world.

She is passionate in her role as an after dinner speaker and provides a coherent and articulate speech as an Olympic Speaker. Ideal for all events and conferences, Emms is an established motivational speaker; driven to encourage the next generation to achieve their potential and know no boundaries.

Her extensive knowledge within Badminton and across a multitude of sports and situations make Gail Emms the ideal after dinner speaker; her successful professional career, which helped increase the recognisability of Badminton throughout the country, shows her capabilities as a role model to the masses- an ideal inspirational speaker.

An extraordinary individual, role model, sportswoman and speaker, Gail Emms is the perfect addition to all events and conferences as an Olympic Speaker with motivational and inspirational speeches perfect as an motivational speaker and sports speaker.

To book Gail Emms as the sports speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When she’s at corporate events, Gail is known to cover the following topics:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • The Olympics
  • Sports Speaker
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Leadership

Get a taste for what Gail is like at events, with the interview, below:

See what people had to say about Gail at corporate events, here:

“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 Brown, Executive PA to HeadmistressSt 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 Abbott, Head of Physical EducationNottingham 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, Head TeacherDame 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 GibbonMeden 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 DwyerMoorside 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 Fakey, CEOTrimcraft 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 Headmaster – 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