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Tim Brabants


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"Great speaker - very engaging and worked well for our audience."
NHS Confederation

A doctor by profession but best known for Olympic success as a flatwater canoeist and kayaker, Tim Brabants is a superb keynote motivational speaker and has been known to host a number of award evenings.

He won the first ever kayaking Gold for Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics in the 1,000m sprint event. He also won 2 bronze medals at the Sydney Olympics for the individual kayak 500m and 1000m.

The 2004 Olympics however were a disappointment. Tim had won a European silver medal at Poznań earlier in the season and was the fastest qualifier for the Olympic K-1 1000m final with the world's fastest time of 3'24.412. However in the final itself he trailed home in fifth place, six seconds off his best time.

"Tim Brabants' motivational speech was well delivered an d kept the audience in rapt attention. He even allowed pictures of students and guests to be taken with his medals"
Southgate college

Tim took a year off from competitive canoeing in 2005 to complete his medical studies at the highly regarded University of Nottingham followed by a spell as a doctor in Jersey.  He returned to action in 2006, winning the gold medal in Račice in the K1 - 1000m event at the European Championships and the silver medal in the same event at the World Championships in Szeged in August 2006, finishing just 0.06 seconds behind Sweden's Markus Oscarsson.

Tim is an empowering motivational conference speaker. He talks on the focus, determination and targets required to achieve peak performance and completely able to relate this to any business audience.

For further information or to book Tim Brabants, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

Interview with Tim Brabants


What do you think you bring to an event?


I’m not another stereotypical athlete, I have a medical career to my name as well as a sporting one. I have had to develop many skills in terms of time management, commitment, focus, motivation and balance to achieve in the areas I set my mind to. I’m passionate about what I do which is the key to being successful I believe. I can give a relatively unique insight to the life of an Olympic Champion both in and out of the sporting arena which can help the audience draw many parallels with their own life and approach to challenges.


What’s the worst thing that has happened to you during an event?


Probably the worst thing was when I was asked to speak for 5 minutes about my achievements at an awards ceremony and the orator spent about 10 minutes introducing me and told everybody everything I was about to say!


Can you remember your first speaking engagement?


First would have been speaking at a school assembly after the Sydney Olympics in 2000. It’s always hard work speaking to children and they ask the most insightful and unusual questions! My first proper speaking engagement was at St James Palace, presenting Gold Duke of Edinburghs awards. I had to speak to a room full of about 250 people about my Olympics experience.


Which event has been your favourite and why?


220 Triathlon awards, a room full of good humoured athletes and coaches who responded and interacted well to what I was saying.


If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?


I like speaking at events where you feel the audience really gain something more than pure entertainment. So any event where the idea of the talk is to motivate/inspire the audience and where there can be good interaction between myself and the listeners.


Which speaker/performer do you most admire and why?


Fred Turok from the Fitness Industry Association is a really inspirational and motivational speaker who uses good audience participation to make his point clearly and concisely.


What annoys you most professionally?


There is not a lot that annoys me really. I am generally very relaxed and enjoy any challenging people or experiences that come my way.


Do you have any riders or special requirements?


No, I’m very easy going.

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