Jonathan Edwards Inspirational Speaker/Host Presenter
Jonathan Edwards' extraordinary achievements on the track have earned him a place in history as one of the world's greatest and most admired athletes. After a career that spanned some 15 years, Jonathan Edwards made his last competitive triple jump at the World Athletics Championships in Paris in 2003, signifying the end of an era for British Athletics.
He is now an accomplished, eloquent public speaker and particularly relishes facilitator and hosting roles.
Jonathan Edwards Host and Inspirational Speaker
Jonathan Edwards made the record books in 1995 when he broke the World Record at the World Championships in Gothenburg with his first jump and went on to break his own newly acquired record in the same competition with an amazing jump of 18.29m in the second round; to date no one has even come close to this distance. In a glittering career there were few titles that Jonathan Edwards did not win. However it wasn’t until Sydney 2000 that he achieved his ultimate goal of winning Gold at the Olympics and returned home to a hero's welcome.
Awarded the MBE in 1996 and the CBE in 2001 in recognition of his achievements, Jonathan Edwards remains passionate about his sport and is now equally as committed to broadcasting. It was the BBC who first recognised Jonathan Edwards’s potential off the track and he naturally became one of BBC Sport’s key pundits and commentators covering all the major athletics events including the Olympics in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Jonathan Edwards has since progressed effortlessly into presenting and is as comfortable broadcasting live as he is pre-recording.
Jonathan Edwards presented all of BBC Sport’s coverage of the 2012 indoor Athletics season and frequently presents the outdoor meets. Jonathan presents from many athletics events including the London Marathon, Great City Games and Great North Run. In addition, Jonathan presented both the Canoe Slalom and the Athletics morning sessions of the London 2012 Olympic Games live from the stadium for BBC Sport. He joined the team at Channel 4 to present the morning show for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, as well as being in the studio for the Opening Ceremony. After a fantastic Summer of Sport Jonathan has now also joined the BBC’s team as the presenter for their cycling coverage.
In 2014 Jonathan Edwards headed to Sochi with the BBC to present live from an array of events at the Winter Olympis and Paralympic Games. Jonathan will be also be presenting at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Jonathan Edwards also held a dream position having been selected to sit on the board of LOCOG as their athlete representative – the highest profile ex athlete in a senior position outside of the Chairman. He was Chair of the Sports Advisory Group, having played an important part in the success of the London 2012 bid as an Official Ambassador, and a member of the Athletes Advisory Group. He was also appointed as the Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group, helping to ensure the benefits of the Games were maximised across the UK. He was an adidas and Lloyds TSB London2012 Ambassador up to and beyond the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Notably Jonathan Edwards has been required to take to the stage at countless high profile media gatherings being commissioned for the last four years by the International Olympic Committee to front their live major launches and announcements. He is an accomplished, eloquent public speaker and particularly relishes facilitator and hosting roles.
PASSION FOR SPORT,
BACKGROUND TO SPORT,
PERSONAL DRIVE AND COMMITMENT.
Current World Record Holder, Triple Jump
2000 Sydney Olympic Games Gold Medallist, Triple Jump
1995 BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Athlete Representative for Local Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG)
"I would like to thank Jonathan for the most inspiring and thought provoking presentation. The feedback we have received on the presentation has been overwhelming..."CEO, Thinc Destini
“Engaging openness honesty, insight to challenges and pressure, how he dealt with it and the key to his success. He provided personal exposure to his views on success which were very useful and insightful – people warmed to him and wanted to listen to him. He attracted large audience and helped us finish the day with a wow factor.”
Corporate Markets, Lloyds TSB
“Jon had researched the audience thoroughly and his presentation was both interesting and inspirational. In addition he was very personable and spent a lot of time meeting clients, signing autographs and posing for photographs.”Addecco
“Your speech was truly enlightening and stimulating and provided a unique insight into the challenges faced by an elite sportsman. It was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the conference and was extremely well received by the delegates.”Mel Ewell, Chief Executive, Amey plc
"Jonathan attracted a large audience and helped us finish the day with a wow factor. He talked personally about views and experiences and we had the impression that we were genuinely shown the real person. He provided personal exposure to his views on success which were very useful and insightful and also picked up on our language/culture. His status as world/gold champion and as a household name meant that we were in awe of him particularly because of his achievements. People warmed to him and wanted to listen to him and he created a feel good factor."
W & IB Learning at work day, Lloyds TSB
“We are extremely happy and pleased with Jonathan’s professional performance.
He was so easy going and a great guy to work with. The anniversary dinner was a huge success and we have had many mail’s from all over the world from guests who are stunned over the high level of entertainment. Jonathan was a big part of this success.”
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