James Cracknell is one of Britain’s greatest ever oarsmen, perhaps best known for winning a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics alongside Redgrave and Pinsent as part of the coxless four, and then repeating the feat four years later in Athens.
Upon deciding not to train for the 2008 Olympics in Tokyo, James opted to take on an even more gruelling challenge – the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race, a 2,935 mile journey across the Atlantic ocean. Partnering with BBC personality Ben Fogle, the duo were the first to arrive in Antigua, winning the race after 49 dangerous and difficult days at sea.
Television charity telethon Sports Relief then came calling for James with yet another challenge to train for; to row the English Channel, cycle through France and Spain and to swim the Straits of Gibraltar with comedian David Walliams for company. After just ten days and 1500 miles covered, the pairing completed their journey and raised £340,000 for charity.
James Cracknell is a superb speaker for any event. In demand as a corporate, motivational and after-dinner speaker, he can talk about his numerous sporting successes but also the challenges that don’t go well – he was hit by a truck whilst attempting to run, swim and cycle across America – and how he bounces back from these difficulties. In this particular case, James amazingly recovering from his injuries and was running the Canadian Yukon just six months later.
An engaging speaker for all audiences, James can reveals the highs and the lows of sporting endeavor, what it takes to achieve success and why he keeps coming back for more. In addition to being available as a speaker, James is also able to present; his credits for TV including the Rugby 7s in Hong Kong and the Boat Race, whilst he is often sought out for his thoughts on the rowing events at the Olympic Games.
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