It took 8 years of failure before Alex first became World Champion, but learning to adapt and make necessary decisions turned his previous years of 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.
"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
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. 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 teammates’ 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 its 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’.
"Thank you so much for your very inspiring and at times, emotional talk this morning. The insights and your experience from your Olympic journey were thought provoking and funny as well as inspiring and motivating. It certainly provided excitement for the managers throughout the day and everyone I spoke to afterwards mentioned how spot on your comments were” - Lease Plan
Between 2011 and 2016 Alex was one of only three men in the world to win all consecutive major championships. 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.
Life Lessons From The Water
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.
“ Quite simply the most inspiring speech I’ve heard, it covers everything from dealing with failure, communication, team dynamics, family, inspiration and ultimately victory! Everyone loved it and took many learnings from it. Thanks again Alex, I think we’re all better people for hearing your story.” - Carbon Statement
The expedition was a resounding success securing numerous Guinness World records and was filled with lessons and experiences that will enthrall audiences in all walks of life.
“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.” - stanton house
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’s book ‘Dadventures’ published by Harper Collins is a guide for parents filled with outdoor activities that aim to create bonding moments and lasting memories between parent and child. His experiences in sport, as a parent and during Arctic expeditions gives Alex an appreciation and understanding of what is important to him & his family. He is passionate about sharing these thoughts with others.
“Alex’s presentation gave us an insight into the world of elite sport…The stories and messages Alex delivered were not only riveting but delivered humbly with humour. Key links to the power of trust and communication required within effective teams are immediately transferrable to the challenges we all face in our businesses and lives…” - Aviva
Forming winning teams
Finding true motivation
Dealing with pressure
The balance of life