After seven Gold medals, three world records, two Olympic silver medals and one bronze, Steve Backley finally hung up his javelin at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, showing he is still one of the world’s best by placing 4th in the final.
Firmly established as one of the all time greats of his sport, Steve was ranked in the world top ten for javelin every year between 1989 and 2002. A constant fixture in the national athletics team, standing on podiums and setting world records, Steve is the only British track and field competitor to win medals at three different Olympic Games – Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney.
Steve’s career took off back in 1990 when he became the first British male to set a World Record in a throws event when he threw 89.58m out in Sweden. He broke this record himself later that year when he threw 90.98m at Crystal Palace, with a rough tailed Nemeth model. When this was outlawed at the end of 1991, Steve’s 89.58m was reinstated, until he improved it by throwing 91.46m in New Zealand in 1992, which stood until a year later when his record was broken by his long time nemesis the Czech athlete, Jan Zelezney.
His affable, laid back nature and ability to communicate with politicians and children alike has made him both a great ambassador for sport and an excellent role model in the country's battle to get sport back on the agenda. With this in mind, retirement from Athletics has not meant a break with the sport that he loves, and Steve has taken on a key role with BBC Radio 5 Live and their athletics commentary, and providing coverage of the Beijing and London Olympics.
He was awarded an MBE in 1995 after winning European and Commonwealth gold the previous summer. That double was a feat he also achieved in 2002 and was then awarded the OBE.
Having retired from British Athletics after over a decade at the top of his field, the British Javelin No. 1 is concentrating on his corporate speaking career and offers audiences great insight into what it takes to reach the top and achieve world class status.
Steve has an extremely down to earth attitude. He builds up a natural and genuine rapport with his audience and is suitable for numerous events.
Steve is also an established author. His latest book ‘The Champion In All Of Us’ was released in March 2012.
"The event went very well and Steve was fantastic. Multiple compliments from our guests and staff alike. Steve also handled our young Local Heroes, Laura and Ira, fantastically. All in all, as I think you’ll have gathered, we were pretty pleased with the morning!" -Lloyds TSB
"Steve delivered a fantastic after dinner speech which was perfectly tailored to the audience of local clubs, coaches, volunteers and schools. He was more than willing to pose for photographs and discuss any questions with the audience afterwards. A really enjoyable speech by a thoroughly nice guy!" - Lucy Gallagher - Marketing and Research Officer County Durham Sport
"Steve, thank you for your fantastic presentation at our conference. The messages were extremely relevant and appropriate for our audience. The feedback that I have received has been excellent and I am very grateful for the amount of time that you spent in both preparation and meeting our employees after the event. I don’t think that I could have found a more appropriate and engaging presenter. " - Lisa Averns - Honeywell Building Solutions
"Steve made everybody feel at ease and made sure everybody got involved with the event. We would recommend Steve without hesitation." - Lisa Crow, Gala Bingo
"Steve Backley bought our campaign to life, inspiring the press and public alike. He demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism throughout the campaign and was a pleasure to work with!" - South Eastern Trains
"Thanks very much Steve for your outstanding contribution to the celebration dinner at our new Excel Sports Centre. Your speech was spot on - it had humour and a strong message and that was very relevant to all those people present who had worked so hard to make the centre a reality. We all appreciated the time you spent talking to as many of the guests as you could and your presence helped make it a really successful evening." - Dave Moorcroft
"Steve recently attended, and spoke, at our National Dealer conference in Oman. The conference was in effect a two day meeting, with Steve's session closing out the formalities of the business trip at the end of day two, a notoriously a tough end of event slot. It would be fair to say that Steve re-energised our audience of 200 Dealer partners, offering an insightful view into his 15 years as a professional athlete. Steve's delivery of his presentation made it easy to transfer some of the challenges he faced in his professional career into our own business challenge, and the one key principal that I took away was his importance of understanding your plan. I have received much Dealer feedback from our conference and Steve's session was a highlight for many. A truly great athlete, motivational speaker and a thoroughly nice guy!" - Matthew Stenson - BP Oil (UK) Ltd
The audience loved him and it was great that he could tailor his speech to take in a lot of his experiences at the Olympics in Beijing. It was also brilliant that he indulged them with so many Q&As afterwards." - Jenny Vyas at the LGC
"Steve Backley Started our day with a bang, great motivational speaker that connected with every age group in the room which as they ranged from 16 to 87 took some doing!" - Leigh Beard - Director of Corporate services NHS / PCT
"I just wanted to say how lovely it was to meet with you and to let you know that you were great today and the client was very happy. They will get some good coverage from this" - Clare Rahman - absolute agency