Steve Backley OBE


Steve Backley OBE has had an illustrious career. After seven gold medals, three world records, two Olympic silver medals and one bronze, Steve retired at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, whilst still placing fourth and showing the world his long lasting ability. Steve’s talks as an after dinner speaker add value to your event and captivate audiences.

Establishing himself as one of the all time greats of the sport, Steve became one of the nation’s most popular and consistent athletes for well over a decade, proving testament to his status as a highly desirable olympic speaker. Steve still remains the only British track and field athlete to win medals at three different Olympic Games – Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney. His efforts were commended in 1995 with an MBE, followed with an OBE for successfully winning four consecutive European Championship titles. Describing how to prolong peak performance in your career as a sports speaker, Steve delivers invaluable advice to business and social environments alike.

Steve Backley has been able to accumulate a wealth of experience as an olympic speaker over the past decade; the relaxed yet professional nature that Steve delivers his inspirational talks as an olympic speaker speaker provide important messages for both self and team improvement. Steve’s ability to communicate with children and politicians alike in a laidback nature has made him extremely popular amongst a range of audiences. The feedback for Steve is testament to his broad skill set and relatable approach as a motivational speaker.

Steve had an extensive involvement in the London Olympics, he was an integral part of the BBC’s broadcasting and commentary team, a torch bearer and Team GB Ambassador in out most successful games ever. Steve had the ability to provide fantastic insight into the mindset and preparation needed for the athletes on the toughest stage of them all – The Olympic Games.

To book Steve Backley OBE as the sports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Steve is known to cover the following topics:

  • Olympic Speaker
  • Javelin & Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Competitiveness
  • Maximising Success

“Steve made everybody feel at ease and made sure everybody got involved with the event. We would recommend Steve without hesitation.” – Lisa– Gala Bingo

“Steve Backley Started our day with a bang, great motivational speaker that connected with every age group in the room which as they ranged from 16 to 87 took some doing!” – Leigh,  NHS / PCT

“Steve connected with every age group in the room. A great motivational speaker.” – NHS

“Steve recently attended, and spoke, at our National Dealer conference in Oman. The conference was in effect a two day meeting, with Steve’s session closing out the formalities of the business trip at the end of day two, a notoriously a tough end of event slot. It would be fair to say that Steve re-energised our audience of 200 Dealer partners, offering an insightful view into his 15 years as a professional athlete. Steve’s delivery of his presentation made it easy to transfer some of the challenges he faced in his professional career into our own business challenge, and the one key principal that I took away was his importance of understanding your plan. I have received much Dealer feedback from our conference and Steve’s session was a highlight for many. A truly great athlete, motivational speaker and a thoroughly nice guy! “ – Matthew, BP Oil (UK) Ltd

“Steve, thank you for your fantastic presentation at our conference. The messages were extremely relevant and appropriate for our audience. The feedback that I have received has been excellent and I am very grateful for the amount of time that you spent in both preparation and meeting our employees after the event. I don’t think that I could have found a more appropriate and engaging presenter. “ – Lisa , Honeywell Building Solutions

“The event went very well and Steve was fantastic. Multiple compliments from our guests and staff alike. Steve also handled our young Local Heroes, Laura and Ira, fantastically. All in all, as I think you’ll have gathered, we were pretty pleased with the morning!” – Lloyds TSB