Speeches and Appearances

Speeches and Appearances

Sarah and Barney Storey are experienced speakers…

Whether you need an inspiring keynote for your conference, a specifically designed presentation for a business seminar or an informal session in small employee groups. Sarah and Barney can provide exactly what is needed.

Sarah is a highly acclaimed public speaker, sharing her secrets to success and how she became the UK’s Greatest Paralympian of all time. Her frank, honest and lively approach is always welcomed by her clients and she has the ability to adapt her style to suit audiences of all types. 

Delivering in a very natural style, Sarah is able to leave any audience motivated and inspired to get on with the job. Her vast presentation experience allows her to work equally at ease as a keynote conference speaker or in the classroom, Sarah can deliver the messages required by her clients by using real life examples and drawing parallels from her sporting experience. Every speech is planned specifically for the needs of each client and repeat visits can always be arranged with additional focus on any particular area of her career or experience.

The duration, content and messages from Sarah’s talks can be adapted to any walk of life and every audience will leave with a unique insight into the world of sport, as well as with practical solutions for improving their own performance. Delivering on subjects from marginal gains to team work, change to overcoming adversity, to name a few, Sarah is able to deliver a speech that is right for the client and tying in with the theme’s of their event.

As well as her successful resume, Sarah has battled chronic fatigue syndrome, an eating disorder, broken bones and blatant disability discrimination. She has also successfully completed a Sports Science Degree and has been a volunteer coach for over 20 years. Her philosophical view and ability to look for the positives from a challenging situation mean her style is both refreshing and infectious.

Sarah has travelled the world as an ambassador for Para-sport, is now an athlete representative for UCI Para-Cycling on their commission and was elected to the IPC Athlete’s Council in Rio. Awarded the MBE in the 1998 New Years Honours List for her services to swimming for people with disabilities and then received an OBE in the 2009 New Years Honours List for her services to Para-sport. In 2013, as recognition for her longevity in Para-sport and incredible successes, Sarah was made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours list, giving her the official title of Dame Sarah Storey DBE.

Sarah is also passionate about the opportunities for young people in life and comes highly recommended as a mentor for young people and the challenges they face growing up.

As well as public speaking Sarah has a vast experience in the media and is comes highly recommended as a Brand Ambassador.

Barney is the ultimate team player who delivered gold as a tandem pilot working with visually impaired and blind athletes during his own competitive career, and now shares insight from the unique role he has in masterminding the approach that has kept his wife Sarah at the top of para-sport for 3 decades.

Now retired from racing internationally Barney has been managing a hugely successful women’s cycling team on a voluntary basis and so can bring the managerial lessons from this in his presentations. Barney also has a degree in Building Engineering and is a qualified Cycling Coach with success at international level with a variety of riders.

With his vast experience of the team work required to make the tandem move so fast and also his knowledge of life in the working world, where he was prior to becoming a full time athlete, Barney is able to talk about these experiences and pinpoint the finer qualities required for success in both a team and individual environment. His gentle approach, belies the aggression of the events he did in cycling and having experienced both extreme success and extreme disappointment, Barney can identify with people and provide insight in how to turn the negatives into positives.

Barney has spoken to audiences large and small, can adapt his style to the needs of an event and is also a great host for evenings that require someone to introduce the other guests. The unique role he played in piloting the tandem, is quite different to that of other elite sports people and Barney is well placed to describe the unique balances this role entails and match this to the world of business. Using examples from his own career, Barney can help a business audience understand the need for change and regular assessment which allows a person to evolve. Having piloted a number of different stokers to international success, Barney is also an excellent person to explain how adapting to new situations can be tough but very rewarding.

Currently living in south Manchester and working full-time with his wife and daughter, Barney is still the UK’s most successful Tandem Pilot despite his final competition being in 2012.

Barney was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours list for his services to Paralympic Sport an award he described as one of the biggest honours of his life and one he never thought he would receive.

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