Danny Crates is a renowned keynote speaker and event host, a published author, TV presenter, owner of 1404 Performance a high-performance coaching business, and a personal performance and career development coach.
Before Danny’s accident in 1994 he was already on the path to a career in sport. Representing both Essex and the Eastern counties of England in his chosen sport, rugby. Loosing his right arm in a car crash did not dampen his spirit and he was back on the field playing full contact rugby within a year. Danny then qualified as a Scuba diving instructor, working on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia before enjoying a stint as a shark display diver, a much loved part of his presentations.
But it is for his talents on the track that Danny gained recognition. A glittering 12yrs that saw him capture 400m bronze in the Sydney 2000 Paralympics. A medal that Danny was not content to settle for. He wanted Gold, and 4yrs later he achieved his dream, winning 800m Gold at the Athens 2004 Paralympics. Danny’s Paralympic success was combined with numerous wins at European and World level.
The Essex-flyer 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, Rio 2016 and Paris 2020 Paralympic Games.
Danny Crates has continued his career in the media, most recently working at the 2017 BDO World darts championships and Morning presenter on the World Para athletics championships in London. As well as sport Danny has been a regular on BBC 1 working as a reporter/ presenter for Truth or Scare and Inside Out, as well as hosting his own widely acclaimed BBC radio show.
He has also published his autobiography “Danny Boy” which was chosen as the Evening Standard top Sports Book of the Year 2012 and in 2015 Danny was a quarter finalist in Celebrity MasterChef.
Simply put, Danny Crates is one of life’s natural characters and will speak openly and from the heart. Danny shares his experiences readily with others – from school children 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.
Danny’s presentations are built around his unique personal story and his powerful ‘5 key elements to success’ a dynamic tool that can be seamlessly utilised by any business or organisation. He uses a combination of personal experience and the lessons learnt from being involved in elite sport and working with businesses, helping them implement a high-performance culture and mindset.
He will demonstrate that it is the journey that makes us true champions, he speaks of the commitment and resilience needed to be successful, how to set your own goals and most importantly how to achieve them. Danny Crates conveys the importance of working as part of a team, he understands that an individual is only as good as the team behind them.
"Danny presented to our Young Professionals Business Resource Group in July 2023 and was an outstanding success. His unique experiences with many examples of overcoming adversity and preparing for success all resonated perfectly with the audience. The combination of visuals and videos and his relaxed mix of humour and honesty only add to the power of his message. As chair of the BRG I have received more subsequent messages from members about their enjoyment of Danny’s session than any other we have arranged. I cannot recommend Danny highly enough."
Paul Rought, Head of Asset Management Oversight, Nuveen Real Estate
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