Alex Gregory is a two time Olympic Gold medallist and five time World Champion Rower. Competing in Coxless Four and Eight disciplines, Alex Gregory has forged a reputation as a committed and passionate sportsman delivering under pressure and acting as a true team player. As a speaker Alex discusses his time as an elite sportsman, including the success and challenges he has faced along the way.Book Alex Gregory Today!
Alex made his debut for the Great British rowing team back in 2004, competing at the 2004 World Rowing U23 Championships in Poland. After performing impressively, Alex was once again selected to compete in the 2005 World U23 Championships finishing fourth in the doubles and eighth in the single. Upon his graduation from University, Alex was promoted to a full member of the male squad.
The potential of Olympic success first came onto the horizon for Alex in 2008, gaining selection for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as a reserve. It wasn’t until 2012 that Alex was able to compete at the Olympics, going on to claim the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the Coxless Four, competing alongside Pete Reed, Andrew Triggs Hodge and Tom James. Alex returned to the Olympic stage at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, once again claiming gold in the Coxless Four.
Alongside Olympic victories, Alex also hosts a plethora of World Championship and European Championship wins. Attending the 2009 World Championships, Alex claimed his first World Championship Gold, which was followed by four more World Championship golds in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He attended his first European Championships in 2014, claiming a gold medal in the coxless four. He continued this winning streak with a silver medal in the Eight discipline at the 2015 European Championships and a gold medal in coxless four at the 2016 European Championships. In reward of his efforts and commitment to rowing, Alex was named Olympic Athlete of the Year at the GB Rowing Teams Awards and was also appointed MBE during the 2013 New Year Honours.
As well as competitive rowing, Alex has taken to the waters to pioneer expeditions. In 2017 he embarked upon an arctic rowing expedition, traversing the cold waters to push his personal boundaries and test his mental resilience. His expedition gained plenty of attention, claiming several Guinness World Records in the process. Through rowing and expeditions, Alex has established a strong passion for the outdoors and has since written a book titled Dadventures which details various adventurous activities in a bid to help parents bond better with their children.
Alex is now also sought as a public speaker, with previous clients including the likes of Aviva, UCAS, Adobe and Paperchase to name a few. He is able to take audiences on a journey of adaptation, achieving peak performance and working efficiently in a team, all skills which he honed as part of Great British Rowing. Regularly performing above expectation, Alex knows what it takes to push personal boundaries and achieve maximum performance under pressure. Passionate, personable and committed, Alex is the perfect sports speaker to inspire future budding athletes to follow in his footsteps.
A member of our Sales team also sat down in a virtual Q&A with Alex Gregory to learn his insight into teamwork and leadership.
"Thanks a lot for bringing a great speaker. Alex was fantastic - and the team loved him! Highly recommend!" - Tobias, GeoEdge
"Your presentation style is completely engaging and the humility you displayed as you spoke meant you could have held everyone’s attention for at least a few more hours, I’m sure! The effective way you brought your inspirational story of ultimate sporting success following the overcoming of many personal adversities, back to the jobs of every individual in the room, meant everyone couldn’t help but be left with a compelling feeling of personal motivation from your words. A week or so since the event, you are still being quoted continually by members of our team – a sentiment to how well your story still resonates with us all."- Alistair, Restore Datashred
"If you can get Americans interested in hearing about a Brit winning a Gold medal in rowing you've done a pretty good job."- Bailard Investment Management
"Wow!!!! What a great sales kick off, the whole team is fired up and ready to rock. If you are looking for an inspirational speaker to motivate your team, please let me recommend Alex Gregory MBE. He gave a talk on his trials and tribulations as a Gold medal-winning Olympic athlete. He talked about how to never give up and to always believe in yourself no matter how hard things get. If you want it enough anything is possible..."- Jason, Wincanton Records Management
"Alex spoke about building and leading great teams, his journey and the pressures of being an elite athlete. An excellent and inspiring presentation. I will be sure to hire him again. Thank you"- Marcus, Stanton House
"Alex’s presentation gave us an insight into the world of elite sport, competing and performing at the very top, under excruciating pressure. The stories and messages Alex delivered were not only riveting but delivered humbly with humor. Key links to the power of trust and communication required within effective teams, the value of mentoring and the need for personal drive and ownership are immediately transferable to the challenges we all face in our businesses and lives"- Mark, Aviva Investors
"Excellent speaker, inspiring story and really engaging presentation style. Had the whole audiences full attention and knowing how difficult it is to do that during our usual kick off meeting that is an achievement. Alex's story has points in it that reflect where we are as a business so it was really successful. Nice touch for Alex to bring his medals as they were fascinating to look at. The feedback from all the team was really positive too. We had a session this morning where we looked at parallels between Alex's experience and our business"- Phil, Schiedel
"Thank-you very much for the recommendation of Alex as a guest. He was absolutely brilliant. Such a nice guy with a great story to tell. Feedback from people at the event was that he was our best ever guest speaker. He was a joy to have around, and I would happily recommend him if anyone was considering him for their event."- Channel Island Sports Awards
"Alex was again excellent and the regional team really did take some helpful 'take homes' in terms of transferring his sporting achievements into the business world."- Michael, Schiedel
"Alex was brilliant, his speech was really engaging and there were some points where you could have heard a pin drop in the room which is quite an achievement with a fairly energetic group of attendees! Thanks for the recommendation, we had so many positive comments on Alex's presentation and he made a huge contribution to our Customer Day."- Lucy, Diebold Nixdorf
"Alex was excellent, we all really enjoyed his talk! It was very well received by the crowd and we were very pleased. Please do pass on our thanks to him, it was very much appreciated."- Jenny, Net Company
"Alex's talk was inspirational. He spoke a great deal about establishing a culture where everyone helped one another and wanted to get the best from each other for the sake of the whole team. Within school leadership, this is a vital ethos to embed and grow. Everyone could take away something from his presentation that was eminently memorable and relevant that they could apply to their own setting"- Frances, Colden Common Primary School
"Just wanted to thank you again for helping with the organisation with last night’s event. Please could you send on my thanks to Alex in what was such a great evening but made all the more special with his involvement. The evening ran very smoothly and I received lots of positive feedback from parents and students. Alex was an inspirational speaker and every child (and parent) will remember holding his medals, along with a great opening talk and Q&A. Would definitely recommend Alex. I am still receiving loads of positive feedback event now on how much he inspired everyone. Best speaker yet! Very down to earth and engaged all in attendance"- Matthew, Rickmansworth School
"He was very well received by everyone, really interesting and totally met our motivational requirements."- Berni, Armstrong & Ceiling Solutions
"Alex was a great speaker for an employee awards night we produced recently. His speech included a good mix of material and content to keep everyone engaged throughout, as well as being inspirational and appealing to a diverse audience. All our dealings with Alex and Champions have been highly professional and helpful and we’d highly recommend using"- Charlotte, Bladon Moore
World Championship Gold Medallist in Coxless Four 2009, 2011 and 2014
World Championship Gold Medallist in Eight 2013 and 2015
European Championship Gold Medallist in Coxless Four 2014 and 2016
European Chmapionship Silver Medallist in Eight 2015
Olympic Gold Medallist in Coxless Four 2012 and 2016
Named Olympic Athlete of the Year at the GB Rowing Teams Awards
Appointed MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours
Speaker Topics :
Forming Winning Teams
Finding True Motivation
Dealing With Pressure
The Balanace of Life