Steve Backley OBE

Steve Backley OBE

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Javelin Medallist

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Steve won medals in three consecutive Olympics and set three world javelin records. He was in the top ten for a decade, ranked No1 for three years. Steve shows how to plan for success, believe in yourself, enjoy rivalry and stay passionate about what you’re doing. He also demonstrates the cost of complacency and what happens when you rest on your laurels: “If you want to continue to be the best in the world, you must behave and compete as if you’re only the second best.”


Steve only turned to the javelin after competing in cross-country and middle distance running. He then went on to become four times European champion and winner of three Commonwealth golds, and the only British athlete to win medals at three consecutive Olympic Games. He was ranked in the top ten for a decade, three times as world number one.

Steve identifies the three main attributes which lead to success: self-belief, motivation and application. Winning is more than just natural talent. We all have the ability to tap into these natural sources to make the ultimate difference on the day.

With a background in sports psychology, Steve’s presentations focus on mental preparation and how he trained to peak for major championships. He adds a raft of anecdotes, particularly about his rivalry with the Czech Jan Zelezney.

Steve is also author of
Winning Mind: A guide to achieving success and overcoming failure. The book shows how to achieve success in sport and business by adopting the right frame of mind. It features powerful messages on goal setting, relaxation techniques, visualisation, positive and negative arousal, motivation, competition and teamwork.

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