Sharron Davies occupies a unique position in British life. In an age of increasingly fleeting fame and notoriety, she has been one of the UK’s best known and most popular sportswomen since bursting onto the scene as a 13 year old Olympian in 1976. More than 30 years later she is still a popular, in demand and much admired character. As a sportswoman, television personality, public speaker, model, enthusiastic charity worker, powerboat racer, author, interior designer and equestrian – Sharron enjoys a busy and varied life and retains remarkable popularity amongst those aged 8 to 80!
Having first swum for Britain at the extraordinary age of 11 she was selected for the 1976 Montreal Olympics and instantly became a household name. At only 14 she confirmed her talents by winning two European Bronze medals – only losing out to the then all conquering East Germans. But it was in 1978 that 15-year-old Sharron Davies stormed to the first of her many successes winning Commonwealth gold medals in both 200 and 400m Individual Medley events. Her astonishing form continued and in 1980 she took a battling silver medal at the Moscow Olympics finishing just behind Petra Schneider of East Germany. As is often the case with prodigies whose success and stardom arrives so early, Sharron decided she needed a break from training and competition and ‘retired’ at the age of 18 to pursue a media career. However the lure of the water proved too much and she returned in 1989 and promptly regained her national 200m title. As ladies captain of Britain’s 1990 Commonwealth Games squad she led by example and returned with silver and bronze medals. Twice voted British Press Sportswoman of the Year, Sharron’s incredible international career spanned three decades, included numerous major titles and medals, 200 British records, some of which stand to this day (including the 20 year-old 400 IM record), 5 World Masters records and an MBE awarded by the Queen for services to sport.
Retiring from competition in 1994, after 20 years in top level sport, Sharron has become a regular on television and in the press. As a key member of BBC television’s commentating and presenting team she has covered many major events including the Seoul, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing and London Olympics. The London Games was her 10th Olympiad as a competitor or broadcaster.
Sharron Davies has written several books including an autobiography, fitness and pregnancy guide, a learn to swim book (translated into 10 languages) a back care book, a Fit For Life CD-Rom.
As patron of Disabled Sport England and The Sports Aid Foundation Sharron devotes much time to charity. But it is with her very own annual swimming event Swim For Life that she has become widely known. Launched over 15 years ago with Princess Diana – it often involves 2,000 pools nationwide – and has raised millions of pounds for different causes. Sharron remains in constant demand for media work, motivational speaking and public appearances throughout the UK and works with many household name companies on a regular basis, often with family fitness or sport in mind.
Studies at Exeter University have proven the long held belief that there is a direct link between what it takes to succeed in the sporting arena and how to win in business Sharron Davies MBE is familiar with both and brings her extraordinary life and achievements as well as over 25 years motivational speaking experience to bear in a captivating and valuable presentation. She talks about 40 years involved with top level sport that covers over 10 Olympic Games as either competitor or presenter, and how life will bring highs and lows along the way. Why its important to build and rely on your team is covered, why target setting is important and especially why the ability to metaphorically “get up again” is so important in a world that will challenge you continually and give you set backs.
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