Stewart Innes

British Olympic Rower

Stewart Innes is a British Olympic rower. Rio Olympic Finalist, World, and European Medallist. 2015 marked a breakthrough year for Stewart making his debut in the GB Rowing Team in May; by September he was already a European and World medallist. Pundits were quick to label Stewart an “overnight success”, and selection for the Rio Olympics appeared to be a certainty.

After early season illness in 2016, Stewart faced a brutal selection process that was dragged out for over three months, finally winning selection to the Pair just 42 days before the Rio Olympics. Stewart went on to finish 4th.  As an Olympic and Sports speaker Stewart shares his unique understandings of dealing with high-pressure situations, while everything he worked towards hung in the balance, sharing anecdotes surrounding turning around poor performances and managing the stress that was a key part to his success

Returning to training in 2017 Stewart was determined to stand on the podium in 2020, and was selected to British Rowing’s flagship boat the men’s four. It was at this point his Olympic dream fell to pieces around him, spending the next 2 years fighting what he was told would be a career ending injury, at points unable to walk without pain, after two long years, six injections, and two major surgeries, against all odds Stewart has returned to rowing. Such is Stewart’s dedication that after being cut from the World Class Program due to his injury he has begun sharing his incredible story to fund his return to the Olympic team and chase his dream of standing on the podium in 2020.

To book Stewart Innes 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, Stewart is known to cover the following topics:

  • The Olympics & Overcoming Failure
  • Resilience & Dealing with Uncertainty
  • Lessons from Sport to Business
  • Leadership and Peak Performance
  • Teamwork & Competition

“Stewart captivated listeners, speaking candidly about his career and using anecdotes to motivate students with his inspiring story. Through the trials and tribulations of his career students heard the underlying message to never give up despite any obstacles they encountered. This highly relevant message resonated with students who are about to graduate as it reassured them that they don’t have to have everything planned. Speaking so openly about his personal challenges Stewart created an intimate connection with his audience and made the talk both relatable and student-friendly, which was further complimented by Stewart’s positive and encouraging attitude.”
BethanyReading University Student Union

“Stewart’s story was truly unbelievable, the room was completely captivated, you could hear a pin drop”
RachelReading Blue Coats School

“Stewart recently spoke at a client luncheon. He has had an incredible rowing journey so far and has had his fair share of challenges and setbacks to overcome. Its inspirational listening and was incredibly well received. I highly recommend Stewart for speaking opportunities and wish him every success in the future”
ScottMulti Asset Investment Team