Raw talent is no substitute for single mindedness and hard graft…
Sally Gunnell OBE; the Essex Girl who captured the hearts of a nation. She remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth.
Following her retirement from international athletics, Sally developed a new career as a television presenter and motivational speaker. She has written four books on fitness, health, self-fulfilment and well-being. She is married to Jon and is mum to three young sons; Finley, Luca and Marley.
Sally’s athletics career
Sally’s rise to the pinnacle of her sport was hard won. She blew the chance to be World Champion in 1991, stormed back to win Olympic Gold in 1992 and defied incredible odds to become World Champion in 1993, setting a new World Record in the process. She contended with injuries, athletes that she saw as more naturally gifted and a relatively modest support infrastructure compared to her peers.
Her success, by her own admission, was down to a firm grip over her own mind and a lot of very hard graft…
Sally’s career after elite sport
Sally’s injuries eventually forced her retirement from elite sport, but she continued to remain in the public eye, thanks to her TV career. She worked for the BBC through the late Nineties and early Noughties, covering athletics events from around the world.
Her passion for health and well being was a key component of her athletics success. She took her knowledge and experience in to the printed word, writing four influential books on the subject.
Today, she mixes motivational speaking and running corporate well being programmes. She is also a high-profile supporter of healthy and active family initiatives in the UK.
Read Sally’s biography here