Danny Crates

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Danny Crates

Danny Crates


Event Speaker – Event Host – TV Presenter – Personal Performance coach - Author – Business Owner - Paralympic Champion and Former World record holder


Danny is a highly experienced and sought-after keynote speaker who guarantees excellent returns for his clients’ way beyond presentation day.

A master storyteller and event host Danny’s 19-years global speaking experience shines through. He is dynamic and presents with warmth and humour, quickly captivating and engaging with his audience.

After losing his right arm in a horrific accident at just 21 years old, Danny was determined to overcome that huge hurdle in his life, focus on the future and regain his positive mental attitude. Danny’s drive and determination saw him back on the rugby field within 6 months and shortly after into Paralympic sport, quickly dominating – famously winning gold in the men’s 800 metres at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a year which also saw him set a new world record. It was the highlight of a glittering international career that saw Danny win every major title in the sport, including the World Championships, European Championships and Paralympic World Cup.

Since retiring from international athletics, Danny continues to build on his reputation as a leading motivational/inspirational speaker in the world of business and sport delivering keynote presentations around the world that leave his audience motivated and inspired to achieve their goals and targets both personally and within business.

Danny tailors his presentation for his audience and transfers his Paralympic success into achievable and measurable results for them, whether it be overcoming hurdles, change management, optimising personal performance and excellence, goal setting, incremental gain, teamwork or building exceptional results from failure. His presentations are built around his “5 Key Elements to Success” which resonates with every department within a business or team.

Alongside his speaking Danny is a Personal Performance coach, facilitating individuals and teams to unlock their true potential. He is also a regular on TV, presenting on large sporting events such as the Paralympics and World Darts Championships as well factual programmes for the BBC including three consecutive series of BBC Food: Truth or Scare. Danny was also a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef reaching the quarter finals.