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Britain’s most successful all round swimmer; Sharron Davies MBE was the youngest member of the 1976 Olympic team in Montreal, at just 13, and the eldest member of the 1992 Olympic team in Barcelona. Sharron is an inspirational and motivational speaker.
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At 10, Sharron Davies was already Devon’s Senior County Champion, and her father Terry had become her full time coach. She first swam for England aged only 11 and competed in the 1976 Olympics at just 13; the youngest member of the team. Her life was then firmly in the public eye.
The following year, aged 14, she took two bronze medals at the European Championships beaten only by East Germany. In fact Sharron spent all of her career picking up major international medals behind East German swimmers who were later found conclusively to be on a state aided drug program. Sharron became a household name at the Commonwealth Games in Canada when she did indeed win two gold medals, also setting a new Commonwealth record in the 200 Individual Medley (IM) aged 15, and was England's first of the competition. She held several Commonwealth records and the 400m IM stood for over 8 years. In Moscow Sharron took the silver medal in the 400m IM behind East Germany’s Petra Schneider. She set a British record in that race that stood for 25 years!
Sharron Davies MBE retired after a short spell in America at Berkeley University aged only 18. After a media break of eight years due to the sport turning professional and no trust funds Sharron returned to the international stage, swimming for GB at the European Championships where she broke more British records, competed at the Commonwealth Games in 1990, picking up two more medals as ladies captain and swam in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics aged 30, the oldest swimmer on the team! Amazingly having been the youngest in 1976, sixteen years previously.
Aged 31, Sharron, decided to hang up her goggles for good and with a wealth of experience in sport, returned to where she left off four years earlier and resumed her presenting and media career, as well as starting a family. Sharron’s sports presenting includes being a regular part of the BBC’s swimming presentation team for over 16 years and presented on the 1996, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. More recently, she was involved in the Olympic 2012 bid to bring the games to London.
Sharron’s TV credits also include her being known as 'Amazon' on series 4 of ITV’s Gladiators, presenting C4’s The Big Breakfast for a year and doing the 2010 series of Dancing on Ice.
After an international swimming career stretching twenty years Sharron swam in three Olympics in three different decades. Set British, Commonwealth and 5 World Masters records, one of which still stands today! She was awarded an MBE by the Queen for
services to sport in 1993 and was twice voted Sportswoman of the Year by the British Media. She came third behind Ian Botham and Daley Thompson at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. She won 7 National titles in one National Championship, with a grand total of 40.
Sharron Davies MBE launched Swim For Life with Princess Diana; which got thousands of people swimming for charity and raised 10million pounds over a 15 year period. She remains committed to children's issues and well being with the fight against childhood obesity which she believes is a huge problem we need to discuss and is also patron of the Disabled Sports England and The Sports Aid Foundation.
Sharron has known triumph and adversity in both her personal and sporting life and knows what it takes to operate at the very highest level, to priritise, multi-task, overcome obstacles and achieve huge success. As a speaker Sharron can focus on the following topics:
Preparation & Execution
Teamwork & Support
Confidence in Performance
Aspire to success