Paralympic icon and world record holder Danny Crates is widely considered one of the greatest British disability athletes of all-time. After losing his right arm in a horrific accident in 1994 at just 21-years-old, Danny moved into Paralympic sport and quickly began to dominate – famously winning gold in the men’s 800 meters T46 final at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a year which also saw him set a new world record. It was the highlight of a glittering career that saw Danny win every major title in the sport including the World Championships, European Championships and Paralympic World Cup.
The Essex-flyer later received the prestigious honour of carrying the British Flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games as he led out the ParalympicsGB team.
Following his retirement in 2009, Danny has become one of the leading speakers in the UK. He brings over 12 years’ experience delivering keynote presentations for large organisations including Lloyds, Adecco, Visa, Deloitte, Coca-Cola, Weetabix, Thompson Reuters and Wilson James. He can tailor his speeches, delivery and key messages to suit the needs of the client to provide the additional impact required to make any event or conference one to remember.
Danny has also become a leading media personality, most notably when he played a lead-presenting role during Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Danny most recently hosted his own widely acclaimed BBC radio show demonstrating once again that he understands exactly what it takes to be successful in both sport and business. His presentations are delivered with a natural charm and humour that will leave delegates both motivated and inspired to achieve their own dreams.
Danny’s key topics include
Maintaining success and building from failure
The power of the individual
Personal Performance, Commitment, Excellence, Achievement
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In his 40 years, the inspirational Danny Crates has experienced more than most could in several lifetimes.
A promising rugby player seemingly destined to become a major star in the sport – Danny’s life took a sudden twist in 1994 while traveling through Australia at the age of just 21 years old.
It was on his travels down Under that the Essex athlete lost his right arm in a horrific accident in an incident that carved out a new path for him.
Undeterred by the accident, Danny qualified as a scuba diving instructor and courageously continued playing rugby; becoming the only known arm amputee to compete in the sport in England in a move that earned him huge media attention.
That media attention would quickly grow as Danny was introduced to disability athletics and immediately proved rather good at it!
He made his international debut in the 1998 World Championships where he reached the 400 metre T46 final and won a silver medal in the 4 x 400m relay.
Danny’s meteoric rise as an athlete continued as he stormed to a bronze medal in the 400m at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.
He went on to capture the European 400m title in 2001 before making the career-defining decision to turn his attention to the 800m.
The move bore instant results as Danny captured both the World Indoor and European Outdoor titles in 2003 in a move that saw him become one of Britain’s most recognisable Paralympic athletes alongside teammate and wheelchair racing star Tanni Grey-Thompson.
In 2004, Danny achieved the ultimate as he set a new world record and became Paralympic champion in the 800m at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.
Following his display at Athens 2004, Danny became a key part of the London 2012 bid team that successfully secured the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2005.
Danny’s star continued to rise as he took gold at the 2006 World Championships, meaning he had won every major title available in Paralympic athletics.
Two years later, his achievements were recognised on the biggest stage of all as he was given the prestigious honour of carrying the British Flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games – although injury before his race meant he wasn’t able to compete at the event in China.
Danny retired from international competition in July 2009 but has since established himself as one of Britain’s top platform media personalities and motivational speakers.
Never one to rest on his laurels and always up for a challenge, Danny has completed the grueling Deloitte Ride Across Britain in 2011, which involved a 960-mile bike ride in just nine days.
In 2012 he ran the Virgin London Marathon before playing a key role in Channel 4’s award winning coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
He has also published his autobiography “Danny Boy” which was chosen as the Evening Standard top Sports Book of the Year 2012.
Simply put, Danny is one of life’s natural characters and will speak openly and from the heart.
Danny shares his experiences readily with others – from schoolchildren to corporate executives – engaging any audience with his easy-going nature and indefatigable optimism. As a winner and achiever, Danny is an excellent speaker and motivator.
Danny is available for
After Dinner speeches
Business and corporate events