Alex Panayotou (Greece)

Alex Panayotou (Greece)

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Former Endurance Athlete and Motivational Speaker 

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Alex only took up professional running at the age of 30. She specialises in ultra events from a 24-hour challenge to a 123km mountain race in which she competed against (and finished ahead of) a horse, and running 2010km in 31 days, circling half of Spain. In talks Alex focuses on the ancient Greek principle of Aretê – chasing excellence in everything you do. She highlights the dangers of settling in your comfort zone and the need always to keep moving forward.


Alex Panayotou has achieved things that most people deem extraordinary. She has been dealt obstacles many consider insurmountable, yet has overcome these with strength, optimism, persistence, and determination. She has a story people consider worthy of sharing.

Alex is an example of what she teaches, and her energy is unparalleled. In sharing her journey of transformation, obstacles, and achievements she shows that though we can’t always choose what happens in our lives, we can always choose to face everything with a positive attitude. Her exceptional athletic achievements combined with her background in psychology, philosophy and sociology have helped create programs that both inspire and transform individuals and professionals.

Her global work with senior executives as well as professionals in the medical world has given her a reputation as an expert in sustainability and resilience. Working with her unique method helps teams and individuals set and achieve their goals, develop their strengths, and obtain realistic balance.

During her eight-year athletic career, Alex ran more kilometres than many people have driven, including non-stop 400km and 315km solo endurance runs. During these years she developed her method and discovered the key tools and mindset that is needed to achieve greatness. Her extreme running challenges were put in perspective when she was diagnosed with malignant breast cancer.

Practicing her own theory, and walking her talk, she turned a traumatic time into yet another opportunity for growth and development. Over the following year Alex underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and other invasive treatment. Throughout this time, she focused fully on maintaining a healthy body and mind, and, while still undergoing treatment, she was back on the podium again.

Alex's story is inspirational and motivating. Overcoming obstacles and adversity with her positivity and energy shows us that if we approach life with the right attitude and are willing to change and adapt our behaviour and lifestyle, we can achieve more of our goals and live life to the fullest.

Her approach when working with companies and clients develops motivation, positive attitude, resilience, and long-term achievement.

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