Speakers With Sporting Backgrounds


With the World Cup reaching fever pitch, there has never been a better time to book a speaker with a sporting background for an upcoming event.

Sports speakers offer lessons on determination, grit, teamwork, pushing past self-doubt, and what it takes to become a world champion. Plus they are able to illustrate the importance of these virtues with dramatic stories that will keep your audience firmly in their seats. Sports speakers make excellent selections for events looking for something different, for tough-to-fill spots after lunch or at night, and for audiences with a particular affinity for competition.

Leading Authorities represents many speakers from the world of sports who consistently receive rave reviews and top ratings for their presentations.

Here is a list of six great options for keynote speakers, event moderators, or after-dinner speakers with sporting backgrounds:

  1. Stuart Pearce
  2. Jermaine Jenas
  3. Martin Bayfield
  4. Alison Mitchell
  5. Perry McCarthy
  6. Thomas Castaignede

Keep reading to find out more information about each of these six sports speakers and check out their speaker profile pages for even more details about their speaking topics and speaker video footage.

Stuart Pearce

England Hero & Legendary Left Back

One of England's best known and most loved football icons, Stuart Pierce had established himself from a young age as an elite player for Coventry. After two years he moved to Nottingham forest where he spent 11 out of his 12 years as Club Captain of the organization. Stuart managed the Great Britain Olympic Squad at the London 2012 Olympic Games. With his knowledge football and business, he brought his ideas into the corporate world through motivation and leadership.

Jermaine Jenas

Match Of The Day Pundit & Former England Player
Making his senior debut at Nottingham Forest in 2000, Jermaine Jenas was one of the UK's most recognisable Premier League footballers before his retirement in 2016. Jermaine has represented his country on 21 different occasions, and was part of the 2006 World Cup Squad. Jermaine co-founded a company called Aquinas Education, which helped lower truancy and raise attainment within schools. Jermaine has visited over 30 schools in both London and Nottingham.

Martin Bayfield

Former England Forward
An ex-policeman and Former England National Team Rugby Player, Martin Bayfield was one of the tallest players in rugby at 6'10'. Throughout his international career, he won 31 England caps and two Five/Six Nations Grand Slams. Bayfield prematurely retired due to an injury, but that did not stop him from being the center of attention as he was on the field. He took centre-stage at corporate events and prestigious functions, and has also gone into broadcasting by commentating for the BBC and Radio 5Live, hosting Five's NFL coverage as well as The World's Strongest Man and covering the Rugby World Cup 2011 for ITV. 

Alison Mitchell

Award-Winning BBC Broadcaster & The First Woman To Provide International Cricket Commentary For ABC Grandstand In Australia
Being an award-winning broadcaster and journalist are not the only achievements on Alison Mitchell's list. She also became the first woman to commentate regularly on the BBC's Test Match Special, as well as the first woman to provide international cricket commentary for ABC Grandstand in Australia. She inspires many audiences because of how she made her way into the dominantly male world of cricket. She talks about how she established herself being the outsider, the work required to do so, and the insight to break boundaries.

Perry McCarthy

Ex-Formula One Driver & The Original “Stig” On BBC’s Top Gear
At the young age of 18, with no racing experience or cash, Perry McCarthy had a passion for the world's most expensive sport: Formula 1. Living his motto "Whatever it takes", Perry tells an inspiring story of his journey to achieve his dream. McCarthy started with working on North Sea Oil Rigs for two years in order to fund the start of his journey to the Grand Prix. Although there were times of adversity for Perry McCarthy, his determination and will never let him give up and eventually he made his dream of becoming a Grand Prix driver true.

Thomas Castaignede

French Rugby Player & Business Speaker
Thomas Castaignède came into the world of Rugby with authority in 1995 with a last-minute drop goal, defeating England in the Five Nations. Once done with Rugby due to injuries, the thinker and clear communicator became a columnist with The Guardian for over six years and is a regular on media platforms such as the BBC and Sky. Castaignède has an engineering degree, but currently works in finance. He is often requested to give keynote talks or sit in on question and answer panels.

Want more?

Check out our curated list of athletes and sports commentators that are available for speaking engagements. You can also browse through an even longer and more extensive list of keynote speakers with sporting backgrounds by clicking here.

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