About Tessa


On the 6th August 1984 at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Tessa Sanderson won theGold in the Women's Javelin and remains today the only British Woman to ever win athrowing Gold Medal.


Tessa competed in SIX Olympic Games from 1976 to 1996, and in addition to the Olympic

Gold, won three Commonwealth Golds and a World Cup Gold in Cuba in 1990.


In March 2004 New Years Honours list Tessa Sanderson was awarded the CBE by HerMajesty the Queen, in recognition of her services to sport and her role as Vice Chairman ofSport England. Prior to the CBE she was the recipient of an OBE in December 1997 for her work with various charities and in 1985 was awarded the MBE for winning her Olympic Gold Medal for Great Britain in Los Angeles. In October 2004 Tessa was awarded the Sunday Times Life Times Achievement Award for her dedication to sport.


During her 26 years competing for Great Britain Tessa was voted Sports Personality of the

Year and Athlete of the Year (3 times) by the Athletics Writers Association, she also

presented the Sports News for 2/3 years for Sky Television. Her media career involved

television presenting for BBC, ITV, Bloomberg, GMTV, Talk Sport Radio.


Tessa has taken part in various BBC Show’s and is a natural in front of the camera both as

a guest and a host. One particular show recorded the highest viewing of the whole series

on one evening with over 2.9 million viewers - it was repeated 9 nine times during the year.

Tessa was a Board member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company and continues to be very

involved with that area today. Her charity support is extensive, her latest work includes

being Patron of Adoption UK having just adopted two young twins herself. More recently

she became Patron for the Birmingham Commonwealth Association.


Tessa continues to be a regular within media, whether it be 'A Question of Sport' (2016),

BBC Radio news review (2017) or entertainment ‘Celebrity 5 go Barging’ Channel 5 (2018).

In 2019 she featured on the ITV show “The Junk Food Experiment”, and appeared on a celebrity version of “Tenable” on ITV. She is often featured in magazines, broadsheets and the popular press (Hello Magazine 2016 covered her 60th birthday , Daily Telegraph featured ‘mother at 57, model at 60’).


More recently she was signed by Greys Model Agency and is developing work in fashion and beauty balancing this with her young family and sporting interests.


Tessa holds two Honorary Fellowship Degree one from South Bank University in London in

2004, and prior to that Wolverhampton Polytechnic. She also has an honorary Masters

Degree from Birmingham University.


Tessa is a keynote speaker, accomplished motivational presenter and awards host and TV &

radio personality across sport, entertainment and media. She is also a business

ambassador for carefully selected brands that she is personally committed to.




Commonweath Gold Medalist
- 1978, 1986, 1990 

Olympic Gold Medalist 
- 1984 

Competed in 6 Olympic Games
- 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996

Awarded CBE in recognition of her services to sport 2004

Awarded OBE in recognition of her charity work in 1997

Awarded MBE for winning Gold in 1984 Games in 1985

Two Fellowship Degrees - South Bank Uni and Wolverhampton Polytechnic

Honrary Masters Degree - Birmingham Univesity 

First Recipient of the Difference Award from St John Ambulance 2010




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