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Paralympic icon and world record holder Danny Crates is widely considered one of the greatest British disability athletes of all-time. After losing his right arm in a horrific accident in 1994 at just 21-years-old, Danny moved into Paralympic sport and quickly began to dominate – famously winning gold in the men's 800 metres T46 final at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games in a world record time. It was the highlight of a glittering career that saw Danny Crates win every major title in the sport including the World Championships, European Championships and Paralympic World Cup.

The Essex-flyer later received the prestigious honour of carrying the British Flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games as he led out the ParalympicsGB team.

Following his retirement in 2009, Danny Crates has become one of the leading sporting speakers in the UK. He brings over 12 years' experience delivering keynote presentations for large organisations including Lloyds, Adecco, Visa, Deloitte, Coca-Cola, Weetabix, Thompson Reuters and Wilson James. He can tailor his speeches,  delivery and key messages to suit the needs of the client to provide the additional impact required to make any event or conference one to remember.

Danny has also become a leading media personality, most notably when he played a lead presenting role during Channel 4's BAFTA-winning coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Danny most recently hosted his own widely-acclaimed BBC radio show demonstrating once again that he understands exactly what it takes to be successful in both sport and business. His presentations are delivered with a natural charm and humour that will leave delegates both motivated and inspired to achieve their own dreams.

Danny's key topics include

Overcoming hurdles
Team work
Maintaining success and building from failure
The power of the individual
Personal Performance, Commitment, Excellence, Achievement

Danny Crates Motivational Speaker, Awards evening, and truly Inspirational

Danny Crates Motivational Speaker

Danny  Crates successfully takes all his experiences from 12years of international competition to the platform for personal appearances, conferences, motivational speaking, after-dinner speaking and event hosting. Drawing on his career, he is able to deliver messages that apply in equal measure to the world of sport and business.

His specialist areas include:

Motivation. Danny Crates speaks of the commitment needed to be a winner, how to set goals and how to achieve them.

Winning/Team Work.
Danny Crates uses a combination of personal experience and anecdotes to convey the will to win and working as part of a team. Danny understands only too well that an individual is only as good as the team behind them.

Managing Through Adversity and Change / Against the Odds
During his 12 year international athletics career, Danny Crates found that sport, like life is never a simple journey, You often have to deviate from your chosen course, but Danny Crates is able to show that it is the journey that makes us true champions.

Ever since loosing his arm in the car crash, Danny Crates has strived to be more than a disabled sportsman. From the very start his ambition was to return to the rugby field, and continue playing for the same club as he had pre accident. As an athlete, Danny Crates’s sole ambition and drive was to be seen as an athlete, not a disabled athlete. He trained along side his Olympic counterparts to achieve his dream.

This former T46 arm amputee, 2004 Paralympic Champion, European Champion, Paralympic World Cup winner and world record holder has some amazing achievements and an amazing story to share.

In his 40 years he has had more experiences than most people manage in a lifetime. Facing a promising rugby career, playing at both regional and county level, Danny Crates suffered a horrific accident in 1994 whilst travelling and working in Australia, losing his right arm.
Since this huge set back, Danny Crates managed to re-invent himself, Firstly as a fully qualified Scuba Diving Instructor, then as an Elite Athlete.

Danny will leave your delegates believing that anything is achievable, if you desire it enough!

Danny Crates is able to bring your event to life, by believing that the delegates are the stars of the show, this the key to creating the right atmosphere for your event

After Dinner Speaking.
Danny Crates’s after dinner speeches are renowned for their amusing content and anecdotes. Danny Crates talks openly and honestly about lessons learnt, and not is some cases!!! From his 12 years as an international athlete, from the world of rugby, and being simply, an Essex lad!   Audiences are left, entertained and most importantly motivated to achieve their dreams.
Speeches can also be tailored to incorporate key messages suited to your organisation

Danny Crates has also published his autobiography “Danny Boy” which was chosen as the Evening Standard top Sports Book of the Year 2012.

Simply put, Danny Crates is one of life’s natural characters and will speak openly and from the heart.

Danny Crates shares his experiences readily with others - from schoolchildren to corporate executives - engaging any audience with his easy-going nature and indefatigable optimism. As a winner and achiever, Danny Crates is an excellent speaker and motivator.

Danny Crates is available for:

Event Hosting
After Dinner speeches
Award ceremonies
Business and corporate events
Motivational speaking
Presentation evenings
Product endorsements
Danny Crates Inspirational  Speaker

Tom Keeney – BT Group HR. - Danny’s  session was a really inspiring and fitting session for the audience as this was the first time this large group of people had got together as one team in our new organisation.  Danny’s passion, drive and determination that came through in his talk really hit the spot. The feedback I have received from staff so far is so positive, they really enjoyed hearing about his journey through life since his terrible accident in Australia. I know everyone took something away that day that will make them strive to be the best at what they do.
So this is a big thank you to Danny Crates for assisting us with our Launch event at BT Headquarters

Sainsbury’s Corporate Services Away Day
Danny Crates is an absolute gem. His professionalism and passion for sport shines through not only his presentation but also in conversations with his audience/attendees. I’ve been involved in sport at many levels and in many different environments and I must say that  Danny Crates is the most inspiring athlete I have met – he is a true gentleman and a great ambassador for Sport

Peter Moss, Managing Director, Trading, Financial & Risk – Thomson Reuters
“Danny Crates was one of the most inspirational guests at our recent Power to Perform week. His talk was incredibly inspiring and applicable to everybody, proving that no hurdle in life is impossible to overcome. His charm, humour and honesty were met with approval by a very engaged audience and I know that each person left having been motivated and touched by Danny's  unique story.”

Janine Beacher City & Guilds
“Danny Crates was an inspiration to everyone at the conference. Out of 900 people, Danny got 98.9% score, which was the highest we have ever had.

Airwave conference (Celtic Manor)3M Industrial & Transportation Business Conference
Danny Crates speaking style is clear, direct and no-nonsense. His persona is loveable, cheeky, Essex lad. He demonstrates strong stage presence and is comfortable with the AV technology that assists in delivery. As is not always the case with guest speakers, he also listened to the brief given, asked insightful questions about our organisation and modified his delivery to touch on key conference messages. This weaving of delivery was done with skill and subtlety that only the conference organisers spotted as deliberate: it made sense to the audience helping making the event seamless. Following the conference he also managed to network, make 200 new friends and get a job offer!

Verulam School
One of the most motivating and inspiring speakers we have heard.  Danny Crates  had the perfect manner in speaking to students and impressed our visitors immensely.

The Boswells School
Danny Crates  simply excellent – an example to us all, no notes, well balanced & nicely linked to our students’ achievements

Beauchamps High School
Danny Crates relates to the whole audience (students and parents).  He is a charming man with a charismatic personality that holds everyone’s attention.  He gave freely of his time and stayed for the whole event talking, signing autographs and allowing people to see and handle his Gold medal.  Everyone at the Presentation ceremony thanked me for finding such a tremendous character to present the GCSE & A Level certificates and trophies.  No one will forget this event.

Two Castles Housing Association
I would be obliged if you could pass on the organisations thanks to Danny Crates for his attendance at our event on Wednesday.
His session was truly inspirational and fitted perfectly with the aims of our staff awards day.
The feedback I have received from staff and board members across the organisation on Danny’s speech and what he had to say when handing over of the awards, has been very positive and was an integral part of making the whole event a very successful exercise for our company.
May I also offer my personal thanks to not only Danny Crates, but also to you and your company, for assisting with this element of our event.

Laura Denne Deputy Conference Manager  MA Healthcare Ltd.
A big thank you to Danny Crates for making our inaugural Journal of Wound Care Awards a memorable and enjoyable evening.
Danny’s speech was both inspiring and entertaining. Danny really made the guest’s nights by staying around to chat at the bar after the awards presentations, a lovely guy.

Fritha Ryan  Senior Communications Executive Ingeus UK Limited 
Danny Crates presented at three staff events, speaking to almost 500 employees in total, and each time the response from our guests was overwhelmingly positive.  Danny Crates is very comfortable, genuine and engaging, both in front of an audience and when speaking individually to our guests.  His presentations were incredibly inspiring and motivating, and were delivered with a wonderful mix of sincerity, clarity and good humour. Prior to the events Danny Crates made sure he understood our brief, he asked all the right questions, and his presentation reflected this. He was a pleasure to work with, and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work with him again.

Jane Cook, Operations Director
Association of Interior Specialists (AIS)
What can I say, Danny Crates is an inspiration to us all and a genuinely nice guy. He was a pleasure to work with from the moment he arrived at our event. Early I might add! Professional but down-to-earth, he charmed all those that spoke with him. His talk was inspirational and emotional and his comparing of our awards presentation faultless. The post event feedback from all our members has been extremely positive and we would not hesitate to recommend him for similar events.’

Pippa Birch BEd (Hons) MIAT  Aggregate Industries UK Ltd – Bardon Contracting
He was FABULOUS – what a LOVELY man!
My phone calls before the event were met with warmth and he truly got to understand the sort of guests we would have at the dinner.  He was absolutely charming. He fitted in with my table guests immediately and it was like we’d known him a long time! His after dinner speech was brilliant.
He had grown men crying with his one armed window cleaner in a shark tank story! And the whole thing really was truly inspirational. Several people have spoken to me afterwards and said that in light of his talk, they are reviewing some of their own major life decisions. He didn’t disappear at the end of the dinner either – he stopped to have a couple of drinks in the bar and spoke to many people. If I ever organise something for another dinner that doesn’t consist of the same guests, I wouldn’t hesitate to engage him again.

Sharon Blyfield, HR Business Partner
The feedback on your presentation has been fantastic, the pace, tone and content was pitched at the right level considering the mixture of the our audience.  Everyone felt that they connected with you on your determination to succeed once you got back into playing rugby and then onto athletics.  Other feedback was that it was great to have a speaker (please don’t take any offence) who wasn’t a public school toff and that they could relate to for many different reasons.  So please don’t change it and our only regret is that we didn’t have you speak for a longer period of time.
Your book has also been read by many of the delegates who attended and the feedback has been great, the book has been an easy read and has made them both laugh and been tinged with sadness for the lad who was, but has helped them to understand your story more.
Thank you ever so much for attending and I have said to other senior managers within the organisation that they should have you along to present at future events, so let me know if they do.
Steve Girdler Director of London 2012 Partnership Adecco Group
Danny Crates has been Adecco’s Ambassador for the Olympic and Paralympic Games since we became sponsors in 2009 and in many ways has been the face of Adecco . Of course, Danny Crates brings his own extraordinary personal story and world Paralympic gold medal winning achievements but from a business perspective what makes him stand out is his ability to get the message across to so many different audiences whether an intimate staff group, a presentation to thousands at our conference or throwing himself good naturedly into PR activities for our Workplace Games. Good humour, flexibility and ability to adapt his story to the messages we want to get across as a business have been the real benefits to us and always delivered a professional approach. I would highly recommend Danny Crates for any occasion, programme or speech, large or small.

David J O Cruickshank  Chairman Deloitte LLP
I just wanted to say another huge thank you for your contribution to the success of our former partner bash last night – your speech was hugely inspiring and I think you must have spoken to just about every guest by the end of the evening as you were one of the last to leave.  You pitched everything just perfectly and I am really grateful to you for helping to make yesterday evening such a success.

I promised to recommend you for equivalent events, and I am copying this to Heather Hancock who is our Olympics supremo and she can pass the word around in addition to me.

Once again, Danny Crates, many many thanks and I am sure I will enjoy reading your book as well.

Debbi BothamGovernor Services
Thank you so much for such an inspirational start to our Governors’ Conference on 10 March.
Despite the sound system letting you down, governors have told us that they found you to be ‘amazing’, ‘brilliant’, ‘fantastic’ and ‘highly motivational’.
One of the questions on our feedback form was about the key messages that governors would be taking away with them from the conference. Here are some of their comments:
‘How to inspire pupils like Danny’
‘You can do most things if you try’
‘You need to have a large vision – but take small steps towards it’
‘The motivation I now feel as a governor. Listening to Danny Crates will stay with me for the rest of my life. Thank you.’
I know that many governors are now avidly reading your new book! Thank you for helping to make this year’s conference such a success.

Anna (Aunt of Jack Petchey award recipient)
“I just wanted to thank you for being so inspirational for so many young people tonight. My nephew is amazing and doesn’t see that he cant do anything but he lives in a world most of the time where people understand he is autistic. It is when he faces people who don’t know him that sometimes things become a struggle as he doesn’t know why people judge him and take away his self esteem. Tonight he stood up as a young man and was told by people like you who have done so much worth their life that just being him was an achievement. Thank you so much, you are an inspiration and I must also add that your warmth towards every single young person there was touching and admirable.”

Mick Meadows  Head of Workforce Development  Suffolk Children & Young People’s Services

Danny Crates gave an inspirational opening to the annual Conference for Suffolk Primary Headteachers. The theme was ‘Leading in Adversity’ and Danny’s message was clear; adversity provides opportunity.

How do you loose an arm at the age of 21 and see it as an opportunity? Danny told his story and showed how, from the time of the accident, he re-built his life to become a successful rugby player and subsequently a world class champion athlete.

His passion and belief were compelling and he constantly had to wait for the headteachers’ applause to settle before continuing to speak after showing some of the film clips of his great sporting achievements.

He set his story around the need to have; goals, plans, influential people, trust and passion. He demonstrated all brilliantly.

I still have his picture beside my desk and use it regularly to remind myself that the difficult staffing issue and budget deficit I am currently dealing with provide opportunities………..it’s a whole new way of looking at adversity.

Thank you Danny Crates, you were and are wonderful!”


Dave Pearce,  Welwyn & Hatfield Consortium
Danny  Crates was an exceptional speaker whose message was inspiring to all the young people that attended our Year 11 into 12 Induction.  He obviously took the time to familiarise himself with the key messages we wanted conveyed and integrated them into his presentation.  Danny related well to the students fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect.  He was approachable at the end of the presentation allowing himself to be photographed with small groups of students.  I would recommend Danny Crates to any individuals who would like to host a similar event.

David Franklin (Chelmer Valley
Thank you so much for one of the best presentations we’ve ever had at an Awards Evening in the 19 years I’ve been here!  You had the audience hanging on your every word. Feedback today from everyone was excellent, with words such as overwhelming, inspirational and emotional, to name just a few. Your natural approach was engaging and showed great warmth to everybody which made the evening especially memorable. Danny Crates -  Thank you!

Bob Diamond Medway 2012 Manager
Danny Crates was inspirational. Whether talking to children or presenting to adults he had the audience riveted, and we have already received a number of requests from other organisations keen to work with him. Danny Crates simultaneously charmed and inspired our audience by sharing with us the seriousness of his tenacity and will to succeed with sparkle and a terrific sense of humour! He is an inspiring and professional speaker and shows great intuition in matching the environment as a speaker.