Alex Gregory MBE is someone who knows all about success and failure. It took him eight long years of trying before he became an Olympic Champion in rowing. He won Olympic Gold medals rowing with Team GB at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
However, according to Alex, by learning to adapt to circumstances and by making the necessary decisions, he was able to turn disappointment into victory. In fact, it was the lessons learned in defeat that laid the foundations for his Olympic success.
Part of his success is attributed to his innate ability in bringing teams together by means of motivation. Alex Gregory has the ability to adapt to other people and to bring out his teammate’s true potential, allowing them, as a team, to succeed beyond their expectations. Being able to adapt and learning from those around him are the true lessons he learned during his years of failure. According to Alex, “…it’s how the skills of those around you are nurtured that counts.”
Alex Gregory has won gold at Olympic, World, European, and national levels. He is the first British male rower to ever hold these titles at the same time.
Despite these feats, Alex decided to join the world’s first Arctic rowing expedition in an effort to push his boundaries and test his mental capacity in a vastly different environment than what he had heretofore been used to. The team had to give up on their dream after complications arose and they landed up stranded on a remote Norwegian island. The crew did, however, manage to break eleven of the twelve world records they had set for themselves. The money raised on the journey was for a remote school in the Himalayas.
Now retired from rowing, the father of three believes in using outdoor activities to create a bond between parent and child. He is currently in the process of penning a book on the subject, has worked with a number of leading brands such as Marks and Spencer, Bremont Watches, and Primark, and is Oakley sunglasses 2017 celebrity ambassador.
Alex Gregory MBE is an expert when it comes to team dynamics, leadership, and working under pressure. As a motivational speaker, he gives keen insights into successful leadership and teamwork.
“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 humour. 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 Versey, Chief Investment Officer, Aviva Investors – 2018
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“As an after-dinner speaker for our Developments Academy, Alex engaged and inspired the whole group (rowers and non-rowers alike) with his personal story of how tenacity, perseverance, and years of hard work enabled him to win a Gold medal in the London Olympics.”
“Alex delivered a post lunch talk to a group of New Zealand businessmen at the wonderful Leander Club, of which he is Captain. He delivered a story of eventual triumph, having overcome years of misfortune and disappointment. The passion for his sport, the determination to win and the joy of his success were woven through the talk and we were all captivated by his story. I cannot recommend Alex highly enough and look forward to seeing him on top of the podium in Rio. Thanks Alex!”
"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."