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Sharron Davies MBE is a immensely successful British swimmer and broadcaster.
Sharron Davies MBE occupies a unique position in British life. She has occupied a position as one of the UK’s best known and most popular women since she burst onto the scene as a 13-year-old Olympian in 1976. Sharron Davies MBE is the ultimate Olympian. She has attended 9 Olympic Games – three as an athlete and six as a broadcaster, and has unparalleled experience over the past 35 years as a competitor and broadcaster.
Sharron Davies MBE occupies a unique position in British life. She has occupied a position as one of the UK’s best known and most popular sports women since she burst onto the scene as a 13-year-old Olympian in 1976.
Sharron is the ultimate Olympian. She has attended 11 Olympic Games – three as an athlete and eight for the BBC as a broadcaster, so far, and has unparalleled experience over the past 40 years as a competitor and broadcaster. Sharron was a key part of the BBC presenting team for 2012, and part of the bid team for the Government as an Athletes representative, as well as planning and funding the British Olympic Association’s 550 strong squad for the 2012 Games. Outside of sport she has become a popular TV personality and has starred in numerous programmes including Dancing on Ice, Question of Sport, They Think It's All Over, Britain's Best Dish, Question Time amongst many others as well as presenting The Big Breakfast for a year. She was also Amazon on ITV’s famous Gladiators TV show.
Sharron is a busy motivational speaker. Her speech is based on her own life ‘ups and downs’ and how to adopt a positive ‘glass half full’ approach, as well as the modern necessity of being a chameleon and moving with the times. It can be moulded to any agenda with key themes like teamwork, preparation, planning and leadership, all of which play a part in her presentation. It also offers a unique insight into the 2012/16 Olympic Games and what Britain achieved through.
As a healthy, active, busy mum of three she is a great role model and passionate about encouraging healthy living and participation in sport for everyone, she is committed to combating childhood obesity and involved in several campaigns. Sharron is also a fully qualified Personal Training achieving her diploma at Bath University. Sharron founded the Parents4Sport foundation, which supports parents and families who are involved or interested in sport. In 2016 Sharron set up her own company called ProSwim which manufactures goggles, using all her years of experience.
As patron of Disabled Sport England and The Sports Aid Foundation Sharron devoted much time to charity. And with her own event Swim For Life launched over 20 years ago with Princess Diana - raised over 10 million pounds for different charities, involving thousands of swimmers and 2,000 pools nationwide. She was awarded the MBE in 1993 and has two honorary doctorates.
Background at a glance:
- Sharron competed in her first International at 11
- At 13, she was the youngest member of the 1976 Olympic Team in Montreal
- Double gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games in 1978
- Olympic Silver medalist in the Moscow 1980 Olympics
- 5 World Masters Records
- British record holder in 400m for over 30 years
- Commonwealth record holder for 8 years
- Over 40 national titles
- Held over 200 British records in over 20 different events and distances
- 20 year career in the pool over 3 different decades
Up to 5,000 GBP