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Bob Champion MBE
Bob Champion, a former British horse racer and jump jockey, career was at its height in the late 70’s and 1980’s is most well remembered for winning the Grand National in 1981 riding Aldaniti. Regarded a legend of the sport, Bob has developed an impressive portfolio of anecdotal tales and plenty of advice for any audience during talks as a horse racing speaker.
Champion was awarded with the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year after his Grand National win and his triumph over adversity has lead him to be one of the most celebrated British sportsman over the last 30 years as well as a highly respected sports speaker. Champion’s success was so well received by British audiences that his success went on to be made into a film in 1983, following the success of Champion’s own book which detailed his experience of the race along with his battle with testicular cancer: Champions Story. An expert in drive and determination as well as a character who knows how to deal with pressure, Bob is the perfect horse racing speaker to talk to both business and social environments alike, shown by his popularity as one of the most demanded personalities on the after dinner speaker circuit.
After winning his first horse race at the age of 15, Bob Champion went on to win various horse races around the world including the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, Black & White Hurdle, the Whitbread Trial Chase and took part in the Grand National eight times before achieving what he called “his dream” of winning the tournament.
The sheer determination and perseverance required to achieve this dream have allowed Champion to develop excellent speaking techniques; his after dinner speeches are inspirational and moving, often telling the story of the strength required to beat what was thought to be terminal cancer.
Bob Champion was awarded an MBE in 1983 for his services to horse racing, whilst, following his triumph over cancer, he set up a research and support charity under his name. The Bob Champion Cancer Trust has raised more than £20 million and counting for cancer research since its establishment in the same year he was awarded the MBE. An eloquent and articulate deliverer of talks, Bob is a consummate professional in front of his audience, proving testament to his impressive résumé of previous large engagements as a horse racing speaker.