Steve Backley, OBE



After seven Gold medals, three world records, two Olympic silver medals and one bronze, Steve Backley finally hung up his javelin at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, showing he was still one of the world's best by placing 4th in the final.

For over a decade, Steve was one of Britain's most consistent and popular athletes and established himself as one of the all-time greats of his sport.

A constant member of the British athletics team, standing on podiums and setting world records, Steve is the only British track and field competitor to win medals at three different Olympic Games - Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney.

He was awarded an MBE in 1995 after winning European and Commonwealth Gold the previous summer.  In 2002, he was awarded the OBE, after being the first British athlete to successfully win four consecutive European Championship titles.

Since retirement from professional sport, Steve has pursued a number of business activities.  He is author of three inspirational books - ''The Winning Mind', 'The Little Book of Inspiration' and, most recently, 'The Champion in All of Us: 12 Rules for Success'.

With more than eight years' experience as a corporate speaker, Steve's clients are delighted with his professional but relaxed delivery of inspirational and practical key messages for self and team improvement paired with amusing anecdotes of Olympics tales.  His affable, laid back nature and ability to communicate with politicians and children alike has made him a hit with a huge range of audiences and the feedback he receives is testament to his great skill in connecting with people from all sectors of business.

As well as being a corporate speaker and published author, Steve continues to deliver sports commentary for the BBC and is booked for a range of other media and television appearances.  He also concentrates on the training business he established with fellow Olympian Roger Black, 'BackleyBlack'  - Mind Setting, delivering 'Olympic Performance in the Workplace.'  Steve is also involved with several charities including SportsAid, The Burns Club, and BexleySnap in his home borough.

Steve joined us alongside his business partner and fellow athlete Roger Black on June 11th 2020 where they discussed their brand spanking new BackleyBlack- Mind Setting programme which draws from their own mental mindset that gained them all those Olympic medals! Comprised of bitesized online segments, alongside live sessions from the pair.

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Steve is currently offering Virtual Motivational Speeches. 

With a collective challenge of an enforced change in lifestyle in mind he has put together a short presentation designed to offer an inspirational message to help individuals and teams to cope or maybe even prosper through these changing times. Topics Steve covers include enhancing resilience, adapting to change and how to build a positive mindset. 

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