Speaking & Commercial Events

Tessa is often asked to speak at events and make personal appearances - from school presentations to larger conferences and awards evenings.


Her motivational presentation covers her story from School days through to winning her Olympic Gold Medal and beyond. The presentation covers such elements as leadership, teamwork, overcoming challenges and self determination and self belief. 


Tessa has spoken at events across the UK and has tailored her presentation to cover such points as -


  • Teambuilding & Leadership 
  • Health & Fitness
  • Overcoming Challenges 
  • Diversity & Equality
  • Adoption 
  • Women in Sport 

Clients have included, VISA, Marcus Evans, BT, Fasttrack KPMG. 


Tessa has also been involved in a number or media campaigns and in 2012 took part in a promotion for Solgar Vitamins and more recently for Vichy. 


“Everything went very well. Tessa was great, very up-beat and really got the message out. She was excellent….” Glaucoma Awareness

“Everything went wonderfully this afternoon – Tessa was a great panellist and was very thought provoking and informative” Goldman Sachs

“Staff and students have been very complimentary stating that Tessa was a "real" person with no aires and graces and was willing to spend time with the showing a genuine interest in their sons / daughters and in the Academy generally. It was definitely a good move” Leigh Technology Academy

All went well thanks. Tessa did a great job and the audience really enjoyed her” – Foundation Housing

“I just wanted to say that Tessa was truly inspirational and everyone was truly overwhelmed by her talk.  She lived up to our expectations and more, so if you could please pass on our personal thanks I would be very grateful.” – Chwarae Teg International Womens Day


“Tessa was brilliant. She arrived early. She took time to talk to people and posed for pictures with children. I would definitely use her again if I had the opportunity and would recommend her to people.” – Health Communities Team

“Everything went very well with Tessa Sanderson. She gave a very good speech that everyone enjoyed and there was a good question and answer session afterwards with some serious and some funny questions. Tessa also stayed to meet people afterwards and have a chat with them which was very much appreciated. We were very glad she could come along.”GreenwichCollege

“A huge thank you for putting us in touch with Tessa Sanderson, her speech was really inspirational, what a lovely lady, we had a great time and it was a very successful evening”George Green School

 “Tessa was great last night – such a good speaker and it’s so lovely how her bubbly personality came through throughout. Tessa's passion, energy and personality really shone through. Her story of courage and 'having no fear' contained many messages that we could all relate to”. BP

"The event went really well thank you. Tessa was extremely approachable and had queues of people wanting a photograph with her. Tessa was extremely flexible when the timeframes moved back slightly and had a wonderful relaxed style. We really appreciated the time she took to come along so please pass on our thanks to Tessa and also to your teams whose support has all been great. Thank you." VISA

“Tessa was amazing , the audience were enthralled by her speech and then she linked it well into our own awards evening.  She was happy to meet and greet, and have her picture taken with not only the Overall winners but also with the youngsters that were there – and if that wasn’t enough she had brought her Olympic gold with her.”



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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