Richard Whitehead


Athlete and sports speaker Richard Whitehead is most renowned for his inspiring performance at sporting events, as he earned gold medals despite having a prosthetic leg. Since having a double through-knee congenital amputation, Richard has set world records for marathons and proved that disabilities don’t reduce an athlete’s sporting worth. As a speaker, he frequently appears at sporting events and business conferences alike, sharing his story of adversity and triumph. Richard can confidently discuss such topics as mental health, peak performance and perseverance, as well as leading workshops tailored to your event.

In 2010, Richard broke the record set by former disabled athletes, specifically those with lower-limb amputations, by setting a time of 2:42:52 at the Chicago Olympics. It took another athlete nearly a decade to break his world record, which was done so in 2019 by just 30 seconds. This is a testament to Richard’s unbeatable skill and ability, which has stood the test of time.

Richard was refused entry to the London 2012 marathon as there wasn’t a leg amputee category, and was later unable to compete against upper-body athletes by the IPC. Instead of retiring from athletics, Richard instead adapted to the challenge and retrained as a sprinter. At the 2012 London Paralympics, Richard competed in the 200 metres T42 Athletics sprint where he didn’t just win a gold medal, but set a world record with a time of 24.38 seconds. In his public speeches, he reflects upon this period of his life. Audiences who witness the athlete speak will be inspired to reassess their own lives, and challenge what they think they are capable of.

Over the course of his athletic career, Richard earned nine gold medals, one silver medal and two gold medals. In response to his success, he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) at the New Year Honours 2013, to celebrate his dedication to athletics. Those who have previously booked Richard were blown away by his confidence, charisma and captivating presenting style, as he motivates audiences to be the best version of themselves.

To book Richard Whitehead as the sports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below:

When at corporate events, Richard covers the following topics:

  • Mental Health
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Peak Performance
  • Perseverance & Determination
  • Tailored Workshops

Richard Whitehead discussing his experiences:

“Just wanted to let you know that Richard was a success yesterday. He is so nice and the story worked well with the theme of the event.” – PHD Media Worldwide