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Tessa

Sanderson CBE

On the 6th August 1984 at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Tessa Sanderson won the Gold in the Women's Javelin and remains today the only British Woman to ever win a throwing Gold Medal.

Tessa competed in SIX Olympic Games from 1976 to 1996, and in addition to the Olympic Gold, won three Commonwealth Golds and a World Cup Gold in Cuba in 1990.

In March 2004 New Years Honours list Tessa Sanderson was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty the Queen, in recognition of her services to sport and her role as Vice Chairman of Sport England.

Prior to the CBE she was the recipient of an OBE in December 1997 for her work with various charities and in 1985 was awarded the MBE for winning her Olympic Gold Medal for Great Britain in Los Angeles. In October 2004 Tessa was awarded the Sunday Times Life Times Achievement Award for her dedication to sport.

Tessa holds two Honorary Fellowship Degree one from South Bank University in London in 2004, and prior to that Wolverhampton Polytechnic. She also has an honorary Masters Degree from Birmingham University.

Tessa is a keynote speaker, accomplished motivational presenter and awards host and TV & radio personality across sport, entertainment and media. She is also a business ambassador for carefully selected brands that she is personally committed to.

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During her 26 years competing for Great Britain Tessa was voted Sports Personality of the Year and Athlete of the Year (3 times) by the Athletics Writers Association, she also presented the Sports News for 2/3 years for Sky Television. Her media career involved television presenting for BBC, ITV, Bloomberg, GMTV, Talk Sport Radio.

Tessa has taken part in various BBC Show’s and is a natural in front of the camera both a...

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Testimonials

“Everything went wonderfully this afternoon – Tessa was a great panellist and was very thought provoking and informative”

- Goldman Sachs.

 “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”.

- BP

"The event went really well thank you. Tessa was extremely approachable and had queues of people wanting a photograph with her. Tessa was extremely flexible when the timeframes moved back slightly and had a wonderful relaxed style. We really appreciated the time she took to come along so please pass on our thanks to Tessa and also to your teams whose support has all been great. Thank you."

- VISA

“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.”

- Chwarae Teg International Women's Day

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