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Steve Backley OBE

Steve Backley is a retired British track and field athlete, Olympic medalist, corporate speaker, sports commentator, presenter and author.


About Steve Backley OBE

Steve Backley OBE is the only British track and field competitor to win medals at three different Olympic Games – Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney, he won four gold medals at the European Championships, three Commonwealth Games gold medals, and two silvers and a bronze at the Olympic Games, and two silvers at the World Championships. He is now an occasional commentator for athletics competitions, especially the field events.


Steve Backley finally hung up his javelin at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens after seven Gold medals, three world records, two Olympic silver medals and one bronze.

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.

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 ‘The Champion in All of Us: 12 Rules for Success’.

With many 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.  London 2012 was an amazing accomplishment for TeamGB and for all of Britain.

Steve was honoured to be in the thick of it as an integral part of the BBC commentary team, as torch bearer and as TeamGB Ambassador in our most successful Games ever. He knows what it is like both sides of the fence and is able to give a fantastic insight into what it is like to compete on the toughest stage of all…The Olympic Games.

As well as 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’ – delivering ‘Olympic Performance in the Workplace.’ Steve is also involved with several charities including SportsAid, The Burns Club, and BexleySnap in his home borough.

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"Steve, thank you for your fantastic presentation at our conference. The messages were extremely relevant and appropriate for our audience. The feedback that I have received has been excellent and I am very grateful for the amount of time that you spent in both preparation and meeting our employees after the event. I don’t think that I could have found a more appropriate and engaging presenter."

Honeywell Building Solutions

"The event went very well and Steve was fantastic. Multiple compliments from our guests and staff alike. Steve also handled our young Local Heroes, Laura and Ira, fantastically. All in all, as I think you’ll have gathered, we were pretty pleased with the morning"

Lloyds TSB

"Some of the girls were extremely excited to meet him! He went down very well, is a very nice guy and easy to talk to. Got a standing ovation."


"Steve connected with every age group in the room. A great motivational speaker."


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