Double Olympic Gold medalist, Arctic rower, Motivational speaker, writer.
- Two time Olympic and five time World Champion.
- Member of a World first Arctic rowing expedition.
- Lessons from a life performing under extreme pressure.
- Captivates audiences with his emotional journey through the highs & lows in the pursuit of dreams.
- Inspires individuals to consider what they really need to motivate them to greatness.
- Which leadership styles really work?
- How do teams come together to beat expectation?
It took 8 years of failure before Alex first became World Champion, but learning to adapt and make necessary decisions turned his disappointment around. It was these defeats that laid the foundations for Alex’s Olympic success and the ability to overcome any difficulties that he encountered on the way. Taking audiences on an emotional journey through vivid and heart wrenching descriptions, Alex brings to life this journey relaying the need for ‘true motivation’, words are not enough.
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Bringing teams together became Alex’s gift, turning him into one of the leading rowers in the world. He prides himself on his ability to adapt to others and bring out his teammate’s full potential helping to create teams that regularly performed beyond expectation. It was during the years of struggle that Alex discovered the need to learn from those around him, using their skills alongside his to aid the crew’s performance creating infallible teams. Living proof that a team is greater than the sum of it’s parts, his words are relatable to all as he admits he was never the strongest or biggest athlete, ‘but it’s how the skills of those around you are nurtured that counts’. Between 2011 and 2016 Alex was one of only three men in the world to win all consecutive major championships in world rowing.
Having worked with some of sport’s most successful athletes and coaches, Alex has a unique insight into what a successful leader is. He talks openly about the various leaders he has encountered drawing parallels and giving fascinating insights. Performing under the greatest of pressures in survival situations and on the Olympic stage, he has encountered it all.
Alex spent a month exploring some of the coldest waters in the world while on a pioneering Arctic rowing expedition in 2017. With the desire to push his boundaries and test his mental capacity in a vastly different environment to what he was used to, Alex learnt far more about himself, team dynamics and leadership than he ever expected. An extraordinary journey discovering little seen natural wonders, exploring a rarely visited part of the globe, battling dangerous seas, immensely cold conditions eventually finishing the journey on a little known Volcanic Island, Jan Mayen. The expedition was a resounding success for Alex, filled with lessons and experiences that will enthral audiences in all walks of life.
As the father of three young children, Alex’s attentions now lie in exploring the practical, healthy opportunities young people have in modern society. Passionate about the outdoors Alex is writing a book on the subject giving parents a guide to outdoor activities that will create bonding moments and lasting memories between parent and child. His experiences in sport, as a parent and during Arctic expeditions give Alex an appreciation and understanding of what is important to him & his family. He is passionate about sharing these thoughts with others.