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Celebrating the Pinnacle of Olympic Sport ahead of Tokyo 2020

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Still regarded as one of the best days in British Sport, Super Saturday saw Britain win 12 Gold Medals. Starting the day with the most successful Olympic Rowing Regatta for GB, two successive gold medals were won at Eton Dorney. This was followed by track cycling success as the women’s team took gold in the London Velodrome (with a world record), and finished with the nation cheering on the best athletic session as three gold medals were won in the space of an hour. It was an incredible day full of celebration!

The motivation and dedication these athletes had to the sport, coupled with expertise on how to perform at their peak on a global stage, truly does make some incredible stories.

With the countdown to Tokyo 2020 officially starting, what a wonderful time to look back at the wonder that was Super Saturday.

Alex Gregory MBE

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Alex Gregory is one of the leading rowers in the world with 2 Olympic Gold medals and 5 World Championship titles to his name! It took eight years of failure before Alex first became World Champion, but during this time Alex learnt valuable lessons on learning to adapt and the importance of perseverence. It was these defeats with the ability to overcome any difficulties that he encountered on the way, that laid the foundations for Alex’s Olympic success as he won Gold in the mens four in London 2012 on Super Saturday. Taking audiences on an emotional journey through vivid and heart wrenching descriptions, Alex brings to life this journey relaying the need for ‘true motivation’– words are not enough.

Greg Rutherford

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Greg made himself known at a young age at the European Junior Championships in 2005, by becoming the junior world No.1 in the long jump with a national junior record of 8.14m. He was to be crowned champion at both this event and the AAA Championships at just the age of 18, which was just the beginning of things to come. At the beginning of 2012 Greg became the joint British Long Jump Record holder with a best of 8.35 metres. Greg then entered the London Olympics as the number 1 ranked long jumper in the world and he didn’t fail to deliver winning the Gold by 17cm. Having led the competition from the second round Greg improved throughout and marked his place in history on Super Saturday! A wonderful option for an after-dinner, and as you can probably imagine, has some incredible stories to share from his time on the Olympics stage.

Mo Farah

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Mo Farah made history at the Rio 2016 Olympics by becoming the first man in 40 years to win gold medals in both the 10,000 and 5,000 in two consecutive Olympic Games. Olympic hero and national treasure, Mo stunned the public with his astounding performances both in the Rio and London Olympics, which led him to his current historic position. In London 2012, he won Britain’s first ever gold medal in the 10,000m, followed by another in the 5,000m to take the historic ‘double’, becoming the first athlete to do this on home soil, he was one of the stars of Super Saturday. Adored internationally, Mo’s iconic ‘Mobot’ pose has become a symbol of success and of the London 2012 legacy, and has some great lessons on motivations to go alongside his Olympic journey. 

Laura Trott

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Laura Trott OBE is a track and road cyclist, four-time Olympic gold medallist and seven-time World Champion. Pedalling her way to success, Laura specialises in team pursuit, omnium and scratch race disciplines. After breaking into the cycling world in 2010 in the European Track Championship, the formidable competitor has not left the track. Riding onto the global stage in 2011, she took her first world title. This was followed by four more gold medals in the lead up to London 2012. She did not disappoint and was one of the stars of the 2012 Olympics, both winning a gold medal in the team pursuit and setting the world record for this event. With insights into teamwork on a global screen and fascinating stories about the lead up to and journey during the Olympics, Laura is a great choice for a Q&A or after-dinner Event.

Joanna Rowsell Shand

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Joanna started competitive cycling relatively late at the age of 16 having been talent spotted at school. She wasn’t a cyclist at all previously which meant that she was faced with a steep learning curve into the world of cycling skills and tactics. A series of setbacks throughout 2010 put her place on Team GB at a home Olympic Games in jeopardy as she subsequently suffered a bad year in 2011, but battled back to become World Champion, World Record holder and Olympic Champion in 2012. She made Team GB again in 2016 for the Rio Olympics, going in as the underdogs having not won the World Title that year. However, the team blew the competition away to take a gold medal again and three new World Records in the process. A story of perseverance, dedication and success, Joanna now shares her motivational story with the world.

Andrew Triggs Hodge

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A former Oxford Blue, Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE is the reigning Olympic rowing champion in the men's four. A triple Olympic gold medallist and quadruple World Champion, Andrew started rowing at Staffordshire University. In spite of his lack of rowing experience, he was selected for the 2001 GB Team for the World U23 Championships. Competing in the men’s four for the 2012 season, joining Tom James and Alex Gregory, they won in style at London 2012 where they led from start to finish to win one of six Team GB gold medals on Super Saturday. An impressive speaker on motivation, he brings his gold medals to life as he inspires and creates opportunities for the next generations.

As the nation came together to support the incredible athletes, there was an overwhelming feeling of togetherness, of teamwork and support. If you are wanting to create the same atmosphere at your event, paired with lessons on motivation, peak performance and endurance, then this is the perfect place to start.

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