International Paralympian & Motivational Speaker
Paralympic icon and world record holder Danny Crates is widely considered one of the greatest British disability athletes of all-time. After losing his right arm in a horrific accident in 1994 at just 21-years-old, Danny moved into Paralympic sport and quickly began to dominate – famously winning gold in the men’s 800 meters T46 final at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a year which also saw him set a new world record. It was the highlight of a glittering career that saw Danny win every major title in the sport including the World Championships, European Championships and Paralympic World Cup.
The Essex-flyer later received the prestigious honour of carrying the British Flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games as he led out the ParalympicsGB team.
Danny has also become a leading media personality, most notably when he played a lead-presenting role during Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Most recently Danny hosted his own widely acclaimed BBC radio show as well as Ch4’s coverage of the 2013 World Athletics in Lyon.
He has also published his autobiography “Danny Boy” which was chosen as the Evening Standard top Sports Book of the Year 2012.
Simply put, Danny is one of life’s natural characters and will speak openly and from the heart.
Danny shares his experiences readily with others – from schoolchildren to corporate executives – engaging any audience with his easy-going nature and indefatigable optimism. As a winner and achiever, Danny is an excellent speaker and motivator.
- Top Achievements:
- Flag Bearer Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony
- Paralympic World Cup 2007 800m, Gold
- World Championships 2006 800m,Gold
- Paralympic World Cup 2006 800, Gold
- European Championships 2005 800m Gold
- Paralympic World Cup 2005 800m Silver
- Athens Paralympic Games 2004 800m Gold
- World record Holder 2004 800m
- European Champion 2003 800m Gold
- World Indoor Championships 2003 800m Gold
- European Championships 2001 400m Gold
- Sydney Paralympic Games, 2000 400m Bronze
- British BT Open, 1999 400m Gold
- British BT Open, 1999 200m Gold
- Paralympics Revival, 1999 200m Gold
- German National Championships, 1999 400m Gold
- World Championships, 1998 400m Finalist
- World Championships, 1998 4x400m Silver
- Essex Under 21’s rugby
- Essex and Eastern Counties of England Under 19’s Rugby
- Completed John O’Groats to Lands End Bike ride 2011
- London Marathon 2012