Tessa Sanderson is a six times Olympian. On the 6th August 1984 at the Olympics in Los Angeles, Tessa won the gold in the women's javelin and remains today the only British woman to ever win a throwing Gold Medal.
Tessa has also won many other major medals, including three times Commonwealth gold and the last being the World Cup Gold in Cuba in 1990. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and competing in her 5th Olympics she finished an incredible 4th place in the final.
During her 26 years competing for Great Britain Tessa was voted Sports Personality of the Year and Athlete of the Year three times. In 1988, Tessa presented the sports news for over two years for Sky Television.
Her media career involved television presenting for BBC, ITV, Bloomberg, GMTV, where she covered the 1996 Olympics from Atlanta. Other media activities involve working with Talk Sport Radio and other network radio stations in the UK. Tessa was involved with Talksport during the 2008 Olympic Games and fronted Jamaican TV Breakfasts coverage of the 2012 Games.
Tessa was involved with Sport England and the Newham Sports Academy before setting up her own foundation and academy in 2011. The Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy is a charity organisation to help assist young people in sport, towards a healthier lifestyle and through physical activity, together with building confidence and a social wellbeing whilst still in education. She is also a board member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company.
Tessa has regularly featured in the television and media. Appearances include Dancing On Ice Goes Gold, Great British Menu, Antiques Road Trip, Question of Sport, and Celebrity Masterchef.
Tessa Sanderson is often asked to speak at events and make personal appearances - from school presentations to larger conferences and awards evenings.
Her motivational presentation "Path to Glory" covers her story from School days through to winning her Olympic Gold Medal and beyond. The presentation touches upon her inspirations and what drove her to become an Olympic Champion, and takes a light-hearted look at her rivalry with Fatima Whitbread.
Tessa has spoken at events across the UK and has tailored her presentation to include:
- Health & Fitness
- Olympics 2012 and Beyond
- Inspiring the Next Generation
Everything went very well. Tessa was great, very up-beat and really got the message out. She was excellent.
Everything went wonderfully this afternoon – Tessa was a great panellist and was very thought provoking and informative.
Staff and students have been very complimentary stating that Tessa was a "real" person with no aires and graces and was willing to spend time with the showing a genuine interest in their sons/daughters and in the Academy generally. It was definitely a good move.
Tessa Sanderson did a great job and the audience really enjoyed her.
I just wanted to say that Tessa was truly inspirational and everyone was truly overwhelmed by her talk. She lived up to our expectations and more, so if you could please pass on our personal thanks I would be very grateful.
Tessa Sanderson was brilliant. She arrived early. She took time to talk to people and posed for pictures with children. I would definitely use her again if I had the opportunity and would recommend her to people.
A huge thank you for putting us in touch with Tessa Sanderson, her speech was really inspirational, what a lovely lady, we had a great time and it was a very successful evening.
Tessa was great last night – such a good speaker and it's so lovely how her bubbly personality came through throughout. Tessa's passion, energy and personality really shone through. Her story of courage and 'having no fear' contained many messages that we could all relate to.
Tags for Tessa Sanderson CBE