Sport / Motivational Speakers

Welsh Stars work with a vast range of Sport and Motivational speakers from Sports presenters (such as Jason Mohammad); Olympic gold medallists (such as Colin Jackson and Dame Tanni Grey Thompson); Welsh Wonder Woman, Lowri Morgan to name a few. For more information or assistance in choosing the perfect speaker for your next event, please contact one of the Welsh Stars booking agents on 01792 536120 or email enquiries@welshstars.co.uk

Vivacious television presenter, Claire Summers, is a familiar face on BBC Wales' flagship news programme, 'BBC Wales Today' being the main sports presenter. Claire enjoys a much varied role on the programme from anchoring the main slot to doing a whole range of live broadcasts from out and about. Claire also presents 2W news and sport. With her easy going personality and highly tuned sense of humour, Claire is extremely popular with viewers and colleagues alike. Claire Summers is passionate about news, and enjoys the challenge of a hard story but, at the same time, has a lighter touch. Claire has anchored 'Wales Today' from the National Eisteddfod for several years. and also delighted viewers and visitors to the Royal Welsh Show. Claire had been asked to enter a Heifer in the main ring and, although she found it a bit of a challenge, she did turn up trumps.

Frances was born in Cardiff and attended University there. Her career in broadcasting started in radio - at 210FM in Reading and Severn Sound in Gloucester. She went from there to HTV West before going on to Meridian TV, ITN and Sky News. This lead to her working on Sky Sports and News 24 Sport. She has reported from a number of Six Nations OB's for BBC Network Sport and has also presented from the Commonwealth Games for BBC Wales.

Frances is a familiar and popular host to viewers and listeners throughout Wales and beyond. She's a much respected anchor of sports programming including 'Wales on Saturday', 'Sports Personality of the Year', 'International Snooker', 'Bowls' and 'Boxing' all for BBC television.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain's most successful Paralympic athlete ever!

Born in Cardiff in 1969, Tanni was named Carys Davina. However, when her sister first saw her she called her "tiny" which stuck and became Tanni. Tanni was born with spina bifida but with the support of her parents she was always encouraged to be independent. Tanni attended her local primary school – at first using crutches and callipers and then a wheelchair. Tanni progressed to St. Cyres Comprehensive School and subsequently obtained an honours degree in Politics at Loughborough University.

Jason Mohammad is one of BBC Wales' most experienced and high profile news and sport presenters.

In late 2007, Jason Mohammad became the face of BBC Wales' new sport programme, Sport Wales.  Jason also presents live football and can regularly be seen hosting the major BBC Sport shows including Final Score, Match of the Day, Six Nations, World Championship Snooker and Autumn International Rugby.  Jason Mohammad is one of the most popular broadcasters and can also be heard on BBC Radio Wales hosting his own daily radio show.

Broadcaster and former schoolteacher Phil Steele is one of Wales' most popular after dinner speakers. His strong sporting background as a former top class welsh rugby player with Newport RFC in the 1980's together with his role as a mirthful radio presenter and sports commentator for BBC Wales radio and television have enabled him to develop a wide variety of material.

Sarah Dickins is BBC Cymru Wales' first Economics Correspondent and one of the country's most experienced Journalists.  Sarah's experience and in depth understanding means that she brings added context and understanding to her work.

Sarah's used to being ahead of the game.  Sarah was the first woman Industrial Correspondent on television in the UK when she took on that role for BBC Cymru Wales.  She also launched BBC2's Working Lunch with Adrian Chiles, BBC Radio Wales' first phone in, the Sarah Dickins Show and the business programme BBC Wales@Work.  With that programme Sarah won three prestigious awards from the Work Foundation.

Sarah has presented a wide range of programmes from Wales Today; Good Morning Wales; Woman's Hour; Business Breakfast and programmes for the World Service.

Without a doubt one of the greatest athletes that Great Britain has ever produced, Colin Jackson called time on his outstanding athletics career in front of an adoring home crowd at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 2003. After more than a decade spent at the very pinnacle of his sport, it was a fitting end to a glittering career.

110m hurdler Colin ranked in the world top 10 for 16 years, was World No.1 from 1992-1994 and, for the last 7 years of his career, was never out of the world's top 3 and since setting a European junior record of 13.44 in 1986, went on to set 7 European, 8 Commonwealth and 9 UK records at 110mh. Colin Jackson still holds the World Record over 60mh indoors (7.30, Sindelfingen 1994) and, has only recently been robbed of his 13years World Record over 110mh outdoors (12.91, World Title, Stuttgart 1993).

Born and bred in Gowerton, Swansea, Lowri Morgan graduated in Music - specialising in voice. She is an accomplished soloist as well as being a trained violinist and pianist. During her youth, she was a member of the National Youth Choir as well as the National Youth Orchestra and travelled with the county orchestra as their soloist singing Welsh folk songs throughout America.

Lowri Morgan is a BAFTA and multi award winning television presenter, a World Class Ultra endurance marathon runner, having raced in some of the World's most toughest and extreme races and is a global Adventurer.

Lowri Morgan is one of only six in the World to ever complete the notoriously difficult 350 mile non-stop footrace '6633 Ultra' in the Arctic and the challenging Jungle Ultra Marathon in the Amazon Forest.

  

June 2016 saw Lowri with four colleagues made up the first all-woman team to enter the arduous Three Peaks Challenge. They were dismissed until the third day when they made fellow competitors stand up and take notice. THEY WON! Lowri, once again, making her mark in the world of ultra athletics.

Andrew Price is a survival and bushcraft expert who presents his own programme on ITV called ‘Coast and Country’. This is his third year of presenting the programme which brings in very high viewing figures and he has 24 programmes a year. The programme sees Andrew travelling the length and breadth of the UK exploring the coast and countryside. We can now announce ‘Coast and Country’ has been commissioned, once again, for 2017.

 

Andrew is considered a leading expert on survival and bushcraft skills and has also appeared on numerous tv programmes, across all channels ITV, BBC and worldwide TV in this capacity. Andrew also presents an on-line survival and bushcraft series which has fans all over the world. Andrew has his successful bushcraft and survival company called ‘Dryad’ which he started when he was just 20. He teaches survival skills across the generations and works closely with under-privileged young people to increase their skills and build up their confidence. He has a great interactional personality and appeals across the age range.

 

Andrew is an extremely interesting speaker who covers several genres – inspirational/ motivational/business/leadership/team building.

 

Born in Llwynypia, Rhondda, Carolyn Hitt read English at Oxford University. After training on the Neath Guardian and Merthyr Express, Carolyn joined The Western Mail in 1992 and progressed to Features Editor, winning Welsh Feature Writer of the Year in 1998. That same year Carolyn switched to broadcasting, joining the independent television and radio company Presentable Ltd. In 2012 she co-founded the all-woman production company Parasol Media Ltd.

 

 
Television presenter, Morgan Jones, graduated from Bangor University with a first class BA honours degree in Welsh language and literature in 1994, and in 2000 Morgan was awarded a PhD by the University of Wales for his thesis on a 16th century Welsh poet.  Morgan Jones is one of the main presenters on S4C television.
 
 
 
 

Ashleigh Crowter is a sports reporter and presenter for BBC ‘Wales Today’, Wales’ flagship television news programme.  Ashleigh is an accomplished broadcaster and witty speaker and an ideal host for conferences and events.

Ashleigh’s working brief is to cover the best stories in Welsh sport – from Grand Slam champions to grassroots heroes. Over the last 13 years, Ashleigh has been close to the biggest sporting events in Wales and overseas.


Ashleigh was on the finishing line at the Great Wall of China when Nicole Cooke set Welsh athletes on the way to a record-breaking medal haul at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ashleigh's also reported from the historic Cardiff Ashes test, two Six Nations Grand Slams and also covered the nine year build-up to the 2010 Ryder Cup.

Graham Price is a rugby legend. Graham earned his first of 41 caps for Wales in 1975, against France scoring a try recently voted the 4th best try ever scored by a welsh player. Graham formed part of the legendary 'Pontypool Front Row' with his colleagues Bobby Windsor and Charlie Faulkner, or 'The Viet Gwent' as Max Boyce dubbed them.

He went on to play in 2 Grand Slams and won 4 consecutive Triple Crowns.

Nigel Walker first achieved world class recognition as an athlete when he represented Great Britain as a high hurdler on 30 occasions at all major events, including the World Championships and the Olympic Games. Nigel retired from athletics in 1992 to pursue a second sports career as a rugby union player with Cardiff RFC. In his first season he was capped for Wales at full international level and went on to accrue 17 full international caps. He was appointed Head of Sport at BBC Wales where he stayed for several years. He uses his sporting experience in his motivational speeches, for which he is very much in demand.

Andy McCann a fascinating and inspirational speaker.  At the age of just 37, exceptionally fit Andy suffered a massive stroke. Andy lost his speech and was unable to walk – both of which he had to learn to do. Andy gave 100% to making the full recovery he was determined to achieve and, miraculously he did just that.  Andy wrote about his road to recovery from the trauma and horrors of brain injury in the highly acclaimed book 'Stroke Survivor – A Personal Guide to Recovery' which sells world wide.

 

Very much in demand as an adviser, mentor and mental skills performance coach to high performing individuals from many walks of life.  Andy's work has been described as 'cutting edge' (Daily Telegraph, 2009) and he is regularly featured in the national press and on TV and radio. Andy is working  closely with Sports Coach UK on a range of High Performance Projects and is contributing to the Inspire and Aspire programmes for coaches and athletes with a realistic podium place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Iwan Thomas MBE is without a doubt, one of the greatest athletes that Britain has produced.  Born on 5th January 1974; His initial athletics breakthrough came at the "World Junior Championships" in 1992, as part of the British 4x400m relay team, in which they won 5th place. In 1993, Iwan attended West London Institute of Higher Education, studying Sports Science and Geography. Working extremely hard, Iwan managed to juggle his studies and training which paid off, in 1994 took part in the "Commonwealth Games" 400 metres, setting a Welsh Record where he reached the semi-finals, representing Wales.

Sean Holley is a currently a TV Rugby Analyst for BBC Wales Scrum V in studio and outside broadcasts. He provides commentary and match analysis In-game and pre/post match. He is also host of the 'Rugby Nation' weekly show for Town and Country Broadcasting. He also writes technical coaching articles for several publications. Sean was Head Coach for Ospreys Rugby for nine Seasons – over 250 Games. He worked with  British Lions, Six Nations Internationals, All Blacks and Springboks working with the most famous names in Rugby in Wales. He has also held several other high profile positions in the world of Rugby. He was the longest serving and most successful Welsh Regional Coach in the history of the game.

Sean Holley has a great deal of experience in education, teaching, lecturing and developing a range of further and higher education courses including HND Sports Science.  He is an accomplished after dinner and keynote speaker. He has fascinating stories to tell of his rugby tours and the business side of the game. His effervescent personality also makes him an ideal host for high profile events. He is also a much sought after business speaker widely used by Businesses and Governing Bodies. Sean Holley is also one to surprise his audiences as he will often bring along his guitar and sing a song he has written about the event he is speaking at. An altogether first-class, exciting and exceptionally interesting speaker whatever the genre. 

Phil Bennett: Llanelli RFC. Wales. British Lions & Barbarians

When asked to describe Phil Bennett, one rugby author wrote: "There is a word in Spanish which is used when other superlatives are deemed inadequate - 'Duendne'. It has no equivalent in English or Welsh but it accurately describes that doyen of Welsh Rugby, Phil BennettPhil was a rugby player whose talents defy definition; a mercurial mix of the impressive, the unexpected and dare I say, the superhuman!"

Sean Fletcher is a sport presenter on Sky television.  Sean's story is one of seizing opportunities, from when he got his initial break on BBC Wales, to doing the 10 O'Clock News alongside Moira Stewart at short notice because the regular sport presenter was suddenly taken ill.

Ross Harries has gone from presenter and reporter on Wales' most watched news programme (BBC Wales Today) to presenter of Scrum V Live and the Sunday evening magazine show. 

Ross is the face of the BBCs rugby coverage and can be seen regularly on BBCs Six Nations both as a presenter and pith side reporter.

First representing Wales at the age of 13 David Roberts CBE is the greatest male Paralympian the UK has ever produced. David was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age eleven and was encouraged to participate in swimming activities as a form of physical therapy.  He currently holds a joint record for the most Paralympic titles ever won by a British athlete.

Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Dave was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

World Champion Sailor, Round the World Yachtsman, and co-author of 'Boat to Boardroom' Alex Alley has seen it all. Having been three crew down, with one seriously injured, sub-zero temperatures and waves pounding the boat day and night, thousands of miles away from civilisation, he relives how motivating the team was pivotal to their safe return.

Alex now delivers interactive workshop and learn about the '7 Racing Rules' on how to win in business and in life.

Stuart Davies was invited to play for Swansea whilst still a shoolboy.  Stuart captained Swansea to the Welsh championship in 1993 and together with winning the Welsh Cup in 1995, made Swansea the most successful Welsh club of the 90's.  Playing seventeen times for Wales Stuart eventually had to retire due to a neck injury at the grand old age of 32!

Stuart subsequently moved into television and is now a permanent member of the BBC Wales' ScrumV team as both a pundit and pitch-side reporter.

Graham Bell is a former five times Olympic skier, TV presenter, adventurer and journalist and is regarded as one of the finest downhill skiers the UK has ever produced.  Undoubtedly one of Britain's finest Olympians of all time Graham has presented the hit BBC programme 'Ski Sunday' for over a decade.

With over 20 years' experience in winter and extreme sports, Graham Bell writes regularly about current issues in both areas for many of the major national newspapers.

Former Welsh international rugby union player Dafydd James earnt forty eight caps playing for Wales and three caps for the British and Irish Lions.

Dafydd James  is a qualified strength and conditioning coach and has extensive knowledge in planning bespoke programmes tailored to suite any requirement with great results. Eating healthily and a nutritious diet is a fundamental part of a positive lifestyle. Dafydd knows how to fuel the body to succeed not only in sport but also in Business.

Dafydd is in great demand as a motivational speaker drawing on his experiences in rugby and fitness related topics.

Playing for Llanelli over 400 times Phil Davies is one of the most successful Welsh Rugby players of his generation. Over the course of his career, Phil played for Wales 46 times and captained his country in 1989. Throughout an impressive playing career, Phil, collected many awards and accolades for both his illustrious side and indeed himself.

Following a highly successful playing career, Phil moved into coaching and managing within the professional game and has been equally as impressive both as a Coach and as Director of Rugby.

Away from his rugby duties Phil is a regular after-dinner and motivational speaker at both sporting and corporate events.

Paula Reid is an adventurer with a labyrinth of fascinating and inpirational experiences to share.

Paula is only the 3rd British woman to ski full distance to the South Pole (Messner route) and has also sailed around the world in the Global Challenge, the world's toughest yacht race.

Paula has paddled down the San Juan River in Nicaragua and the Mekong River in Cambodia, getting arrested at gunpoint in the process! Paula has also kayaked the Thames from source to sea.

Entrepreneur and Entertainer, Stifyn Parri, is the Managing Director of Mr Producer.  Stifyn has 35 year's experience in the creative industiries and works as Creative Producer, Entertainer, Presenter, Consultant and Mentor.

Stifyn set up Mr Producer in 2001 and has produced some of Wales' most prominent live events such as the Opening Weekend of Wales Millennium Centre for BBC Wales, and "Welcome 2 Wales", Ryder Cup Opening Concert at the Millennium Stadium for SKY 1 and Sky Arts.

Stifyn created and managed the globally renowned Welsh Expat Social Welsh and Sexy Society (SWS) for over 10 years, with events in London, Spain, New York and Russia.

Nigel Owens is a high profile international rugby union referee. Nigel is known for being a strong personality and great referee.

Nigel is a popular after dinner speaker and interesting sports personality who speaks with a great insight about a range of subjects.  In international terms Nigel Owens was the only Welsh referee at the 2007 World Cup in France, as well as the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and has been an international referee since 2005.  Proudly, Nigel Owens is one of two referees ever to be appointed to two consecutive Heineken Cup Finals, the first being Munster v Toulouse at the Millennium Stadium in 2008 and the second Leicester Tigers v Leinster at Murrayfield in 2009.

Nigel is also a presenter on the Welsh TV show "Jonathan" and the sports-themed Welsh chat show "Bwrw'r Bar".

 As a sporting legend and highly regarded football speaker throughout the sporting world, Peter Shilton is one of the best goalkeepers to ever play for England.

Peter's experience of peak performance at the highest levels of sport translates well to corporate environments as a sports speaker. Creating an exciting new career path as an experienced after dinner speaker and keynote speaker for both corporate and sporting audiences alike, Peter has the ability to give insight into some of football's most crucial and famous matches while interacting with his audiences with humour and charm.

Shane Williams is one of the greatest Welsh Rugby Union players of all time.  Shane scored 60 tries in 91 Test Matches for Wales and the Biritsh and Irish Lions.

Shane is Wales' most capped winger and was part of the 2005 Six Nations Grand Slam winning side.  Shane was the first Welshman to be named IRB International Player of the Year.

He also won BBC Welsh Personality of the Year.

Shane spent the final years of his career coaching and playing in Japan.  He now has a career in broadcasting as a pundit covering the 6 Nations Championship for BBC and Rugby World Cup for ITV.

Recording countless century breaks in his career as well as over 190 maximum breaks, Willie was one of the most talented and exciting Snooker players of his era.  Recording countless century breaks in his career as well as over 190 maximum breaks, Willie was one of the most talented and exciting Snooker players of his era.

One of the circuits most desired event personalities, the great Willie Thorne makes numerous personal appearances throughout the year at some of the most prestigious hospitality events.  One of the most desired personalities for media engagements, Willie's consummate professionalism ensures he is in constant demand.

On 27th December 2013, Maria Leijerstam became the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the Antarctic continent.  Maria set the new World Record for the fastest human powered coast to pole traverse, completing her journey in 10 days, 14 hours and 56 minutes. 

Maria spent four years planning, creating, training and preparing for this double world record.  She built a winning team, drove the project from the concept to dellivery, pushed through extreme mental and physical barriers and achieved the unthinkable.

In 2012 Maria was the first woman to complete the "Siberian Black Ice Race" (a 650km cycle across Lake Baikal), coming second overall annd in 2007, she was the first Welsh woman to complete the MarathonDes Sables(running six marathons in seven daysacross the Sarhara Desert).  Maria has also raced on the "World Series Adventure Racing Circuit", representing Great Britain over the last seven years.

Jay is a former Royal Navy Warfare Specialist turned Physical Trainer.

After joining the Military from the tender age of 16, Jay, as his reports show was often described as ‘exceptional’ and from being tipped for early promotions at nearly every stage of his career, it is noted that the ’Model’ Military man and ‘Inspirational leader’ was also nominated for an award for his ‘outstanding contribution towards the Royal Navy Physical Training branch’. Jay respectfully served his country for nearly 10 years before becoming injured playing representative Rugby and decided, whilst off work, to learn a guitar purchased as a light hearted joke months previous. This was the life changing moment that was to uncover a love of music and a completely unpredicted, unprecedented new life plan for the Welsh man. Critically acclaimed Jay has many fans within the profession including some of the top names in the industry. Jay is even followed on twitter by President Barak Obama.

Jamie Baulch is a British sprint athlete who reached the top of his field. Jamie won the 400 metres gold medal at the 1999 World Indoor Championships. As a member of the British 4x400m quartet including Iwan Thomas, Roger Black and Mark Richardson, Jamie won a gold medal at the 1997 World Championships, and silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. 

Jamie represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games where he won an individual silver and a bronze medal in the 4 × 400m relay. Jamie developed into one of the big personalities of the British athletics team.