Speaker / Host
Sharron Davies MBE
Sharron Davies is a former competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, European Championships and Commonwealth Games. Her Olympic career has spanned an unbelievable three decades, and her career in media has been equally as successful. Now a motivational and after-dinner speaker, as well as an awards host and presenter, Davies is a popular choice for any engagement and audience.
About Sharron Davies
Sharron Davies defied all odds when she burst onto the scene as a mere 13-year-old Olympian back in 1976. She became a household name when she pocketed two European Bronze medals, beaten only by the all-conquering East Germans of that era. Having achieved over 200 British records and 5 World Masters records over the course of her career, it is no surprise that Sharron was awarded an MBE back in 1993 for her services to the swimming industry.
Sharron Davies achieved her first Gold-rated major success back in 1978 when she took home Commonwealth Gold medals in the 200 and 400m Individual Medley events. She was just 15 years old.
Her astonishing successes continued and in the 1980 Moscow Olympics she won a silver medal, losing out to Petra Schneider of East Germany. Schneider has since revealed that her performance was heavily drug enhanced, and a reunion between the two was the subject of a captivating Channel 4 documentary.
Sharron ‘retired’ at the age of 18 but couldn’t resist the pull of the water and was soon back in the water in 1989 and quickly regained her national 200m title. She captained the ladies’ squad and Britain’s 1990 Commonwealth Games and returned with silver and bronze medals.
Outside of the pool, Sharron has become a regular on television and in media. She is an integral part of the BBC’s commentating and presenting team and has covered major sporting events including those in Sydney, Atlanta, Athens and the Beijing and London Olympics.
Sharron is a patron of Disabled Sport England and the Sports Aid Foundation. Her proudest achievement, however, is her very own swimming event, Swim For Life, which takes place every year. Launched together with Sharron and Princess Diana, Swim For Life involves 2000 pools across the country and has raised millions for numerous different causes.
- Peak Performance
- Overcoming Adversity
- Breaking Records
- TV Presenting
- Olympic Success
"We very much enjoyed Sharron’s company at our conference. She was a great hit with our audience, and won them over with her life story which very much hit home to people the necessary attributes needed to be a winner. Not many people leave our auditorium with a standing ovation, but Sharron did."