Sally Gunnell OBE


Former 400m Olympic Champion Sally Gunnell OBE enjoyed a phenomenally successful career where she held nearly every title there is to claim within her sport; Olympic Gold, World Championship titles, World Cups, European Championships and four consecutive European Cup victories, not to mention five Commonwealth titles, Sally Gunnell is undoubtedly one of the best female athletes to have ever been produced by this country. Retiring in 1997 through persistent injuries, Gunnell turned her attentions to media commitments and her role as a speaker, specifically as an Olympic Speaker and after dinner speaker, as well as a role as an ambassador for UK Sport.

An eloquent sports speaker, Gunnell set the World Record for the 400m hurdles in 1993- still to this day her time is the British record. After life as a professional athlete had come to an end, Gunnell began to undertake a multitude of media and commercial commitments, notably becoming a regular presenter with BBC helping with their athletics and sports coverage.

Since leaving BBC in 2006, Gunnell has gone onto feature on shows including ITV‘s The Cube and Total Wipeout in aid of charity, she has also become a favourite within the speaker circuit, specifically as an Olympic speaker. Her experiences at the top of her game and on the top of the podium have set her in good stead as a favourite after dinner speaker guest. An exceptional role model to athletes, especially women, Sally Gunnell is a talented after dinner speaker with the ability to capsulate the audience and delivers an unrivalled service throughout her appearances at any event, occasion or conference.

Exceptionally gifted as a sports speaker and well respected as an Olympic speaker, Sally Gunnell is proving to be a phenomenally popular addition to all events. Delivering as an after dinner guest and keynote speaker, she is able to capture the imagination and attention of the audience flawlessly throughout.

To book Sally Gunnell 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, Sally is known to cover the following topics:

  • Olympic Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Peak Performance
  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Overcoming Adversity

“A brilliant presentation. You inspired, captured and motivated the imagination of everyone in the room. You have set a very high standard for future opening speakers” – Virgin Atlantic

“Sally was certainly a highlight.  Her speech was amazing and everyone in the room was hanging on to her every word.  Even the younger attendees who may not have known Sally were totally engaged throughout the speech. I spoke to quite a few people over lunch and all said how inspirational she was. Please pass on our thanks to Sally for an incredible job.” – Ann ManPower Group

“Everything was great yesterday, Sally was an amazing guest.”