Winter Olympic skier turned TV presenter and Journalist, Graham Bell is an exceptional and instantly recognisable addition to all events and after dinner occasions. One of the faces of BBC Ski Sunday, Bell has undertaken a multitude of challenges and trials to push himself and his sport to the limit.
A popular figure within the world of winter sports, Graham Bell has proven to be a popular addition as an after dinner speaker, especially as an Olympic speaker.
Graham was born at RAF Akotiri, where his father served in the RAF. After his father was posted to Edinburgh, Graham and his brother took to skiing at the Hillend dry slope. Later in life, when Graham was filming with the Red Arrows and the BBC for the Great North Run, Graham was surprised to find that his father, Rod Bell, had taught 5 of the 9 pilots flying in the squad.
Having reached a top skiing speed of 121mph (195 km/h), Bell enjoyed the majority of his success during the 1980s and 90s, claiming a World Junior Championships silver in 1984; he went on to represent Great Britain across five winter games- Sarajevo, Calgary, Albertville, Lillehammer and Nagano – before retiring in 1998 and beginning to focus his efforts onto media responsibilities. Initially, with EuroSport, Graham Bell has become a respected sports speaker, having gone on to commentate and present at four more Winter Olympics- Salt Lake City, Torino, Vancouver and Sochi.
Being one of the most prolific snow presenters in the country, Bell is able to connect to the audience with his charismatic personality which engages the audience and intrigues them. His multitude of Olympic appearances puts him up there as one of the most successful Olympians of all time, increasing his suitability and popularity as an Olympic Speaker.
Experienced, conversant and knowledgeable, Bell has the distinct ability to relate to an extensively wide range of audience members; a calming and controlling presence mixed with excitement, thrill and love for the sport ensure his suitability for all. Displaying his overflowing passion for the sport and his country, Graham Bell is widely considered an exceptional TV presenter and after dinner speaker.
His skills and abilities as a sports television presenter are exemplarily, with Bell standing alongside Ed Leigh to create one of the most loved television presenting duos within the country. Phenomenally passionate for the sports they front, Bell and Leigh hold extensive knowledge within winter sports, offering a professional and widespread overview of their coverage. Just as good off camera as he is in front of it, his skills transpose between presenting and after dinner speaker and Olympic speaking roles.
Having experienced the pinnacle of the sport both as an athlete and as a presenter a multitude of times, Graham Bell is exceptionally placed to fulfil roles as a Sports Speaker and Olympic Speaker; his attendance at after dinner events, conferences and occasions is sure to increase the success of the event, ensuring all the guests are left with a memorable experience.
To book Graham Bell as the sports speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.
When at corporate events, Graham is known to cover the following topics:
- Olympic Speaker
- Drive & Determination
- Dealing With Pressure
- Sports & Skiing
- TV Presenting
- Peak Performance
- Leadership & Teamwork
Get a taste for what Graham is like at corporate events and find a little bit more about his story, here:
See what people had to say about Graham, when he appeared at their corporate events:
“Graham took part in the Olympics Event at ICC Birmingham presented by Lloyds Bank. Ski Sunday presenter Graham impressed his hosts for the event, sharing his expertise and knowledge from 5 appearances at Olympic Games with his usual humour, charisma and personality. Graham was a total pro. So many clients and our head of marketing said what a difference it made to have a professional doing the job. He had such a light touch, was knowledgeable and effortlessly cool. He also has a few admirers! We’ve been told it was the best Olympic event, in fact the best event ever.”
– Lloyds Bank
“It was lovely to meet Graham and his wife Sarah at our PGMOL Conference at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow on 28th June. The objective of the PGMOL is to enhance the game through developing and delivering excellence in refereeing. The organisation has the responsibility for the recruitment, appointment, training & development of referees and assistant referees operating in the Premier and Football Leagues. As a service provider, the PGMOL’s key resource is the quality of its match officials which is crucial to the success of the organisation. Our conference theme was ‘thinking on your feet’ and there was a lot of synergy in Graham’s profession as Olympic Skier and the role of referees and assistant referees operating at the very highest level of the game. Graham pitched his presentation to perfection linking the skills as a skier to the skills of a match official, particularly in areas of mental toughness, psychology and decision making. For the first time in our Conference history, Graham also hosted the whole day, linking all the training sessions that were delivered throughout the day and summarising the key learning points. We found Graham to be very friendly, approachable and thoroughly professional and have no hesitation in recommending Graham. We really enjoyed working with him.”
Ray Olivier, Training and Development Manager – PGMOL
“Dennis and Graham were fantastic guests, they were both so spontaneous and really got into the feel of the show. Thanks so much for all your help. We will be sending out the transmission dates to you in due course.”
– BBC Belfast
“Just to let you know Graham went down really well.”
Steve Tucker – President AVLP
“The event went very well and we have some great feedback on Graham. I thought he did a great job, arrived nice and early to check the tech side and had a good chat to many of our members before dinner. His presentation was interesting, fun and engaging …. Didn’t think he would get such good audience participation! After dinner he was happy to chat away to the members again and have his photo taken, we also roped him into the raffle …. Which he was more than happy to do. So thank you and please pass on our thanks to Graham as well!”
Gemma – Cayton Village Caravan Park
It was a really good event! Many thanks for your help with organising a speaker, it took a lot of stress out of the event and Graham was well received on the night. Please pass on my thanks to Graham, not just for presenting for also being so personable and accommodating on the evening.
Nick – South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils