Charles Van Commenee

Former Head Coach of The UK Athletics Team

Charles Van Commenee

When it comes to the finest motivational coaches in the world, there is one name that will always spring to mind: Charles Van Commenee.

Denise Lewis OBE, who won a gold medal for the UK at the 2000 Olympics, has named her coach at the time – Charles Van Commenee as a major inspiration behind her success. Saying that Charles is a ‘driven’ coach who encourages self-discipline.

Van Commenee is known in the UK mainly as the former head coach of Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics, taking the athletes to outstanding and unprecedented success at the games. With years of experience teaching those around him, you are sure to be in for a surprise with the lessons he can teach.

Charles demonstrates fascinating abilities in leadership, communicating and team-building. This capable Motivational speaker has more than 30 years’ experience in getting the best out of athletes and pushing them to the absolute limit. Luckily, he now shares that expertise as a motivational speaker at conferences and corporate events around the UK.

Charles Van Commenee has been involved in coaching since his youth, during this time he has headed up the Dutch javelin team and the Dutch Athletics Federation. He has also coached various individual athletes to reach significant peaks, including Lewis and China’s double world champion female shot putter Huang Zhihong.

Another key figure who has benefited from Charles Van Commenee’s leadership and coaching skills is the British heptathlete and sprinter, Kelly Sotherton. Before meeting the motivational speaker, Kelly was 57th in the world; after his coaching, she went on to win the heptathlon bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and come fourth four years later. Kelly said of Van Commenee: “I don’t think any other coach could have got me to where he did.”

To book one of the finest motivational speakers in the world Charles Van Commenee as the keynote speaker at your event, contact the Champions Motivational Speakers agency by completing our online contact form. Alternatively, call a booking agent directly on +44 1509 85 29 27.

“Charles delivered a one hour presentation on Leadership and Coaching at our annual conference. His messages and core themes were perfectly aligned to what we expect from our leaders and his coaching philosophy was one that we can all learn from and apply. His no compromise approach to accountability will ring true to any organisation that is serious about performance.” – Santander Corporate Banking


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