Kate Strong is a 3x world record-breaker cyclist, ex-age-group World Champion triathlete, ex-aerospace engineer, and currently a climate adventurer.
After being left by her fiancé just six days before her wedding, she used this very low moment in her life to change the narrative and start putting “Kate” on her list of things to care about. She decided to attempt an Ironman triathlon: A dream she had given up when she first met my finacé. From not being able to run a mile, she went on to win World Championships within two years and be crowned World Champion in long-distance triathlon!
But, ‘success’ wasn’t a straight line nor a lasting experience. Still not fully healed from the toxic and controlling relationship with her fiancé, she spiraled downwards soon after leaving Australia and achieving her goal of being a World Champion. During that period, she was unable to leave her home for weeks on end eventually applying for a job as a toilet cleaner in a local café. Working on a zero-hour contract, she slowly built up her confidence and courage and within a few months, her ‘world champion’ work ethic was noticed and she was offered consulting contracts from customers to improve their businesses.
Seeking a new way to push herself, she discovered a world record in cycling that a male held but no female record existed. After a first failed attempt, Kate went on to break the furthest distance on a static bike in 24 hours (she also broke the 1-hour and 12-hour during the same time period).
The evolution of Kate’s sporting continues and she has stepped away from competing against others and uses her passion for cycling to connect with others. On 5th June 2023, Kate embarks on Climate Cycle, a 3,000-mile bike ride around mainland Britain on a hand-made bamboo bike. She’s visiting numerous community projects, initiatives, schools, councils, and companies engaging them in the climate conversation and learning what we can all do to mitigate climate change.
BE YOURSELF. THAT IS WHO YOU WERE BORN TO BE – Kate Strong
For over two decades, I tried to fit in. I put what other people expected of me ahead of what I truly wanted to do. I was not being entirely me – I was conforming and compromising.
It was only until I realised that, by hiding who I truly was, I was also unable to fully be present, to enjoy and to be present for others. Being me is the best gift for myself and for others.
The path of re-discovering myself took me across oceans, up mountains, through caves and over glaciers. – Kate Strong
Kate Strong, as a speaker, believes anyone could achieve what she did but most people do not choose to step away from their comfort zone and strive for the extraordinary. Her talks focus on such aspects as being your best self, overcoming adversity, mental health and well-being, and trust.
Kate lives in the UK and presents in English and French.
I wasn’t born with any special gifts or opportunities.
What I do have is the desire to find the extra- in the normal and ordinary situations every day.
It is my duty to live my life as authentic and as fully as possible: It’s the only one I remember having!! – Kate Strong
”Kate recently spoke at a Conference I organized around Female Entrepreneurship, to say she was inspirational was an understatement. Kate spoke with so much passion, she showed resilience, and educated our audience with her great depth of knowledge. Kate is a true professional, great speaker and an excellent all round amazing person too. Thank you Kate for your time and support.”
“Kate is an amazing woman, having a significant impact on her coaching clients. She's quite special in her field, as she's got the knowledge of a top-class coach and the experience to back it up, consistently demonstrating that she knows how to help clients to reach their goals. She's also an inspiring keynote speaker, sharing her journey to being a World Class athlete with humility, vulnerability and huge impact on her audiences. She proves that there is strength in being open and has a wonderful way of engaging with her audience, bringing them into her journey. I highly recommend Kate as a coach and speaker.”
“Kate gave a fantastic presentation at an event that I ran sharing her inspirational story and giving lots of value to everyone in the audience! I can highly recommend Kate's as a motivational & inspirational speaker!”
“Kate is inspirational and hugely talented. Her dedication and attitude are admirable, and it’s been a real pleasure having her as a member of our Mastermind programme.”
“To all of Kate's friends and connections you deserve to know from my own face to face experience with Kate Strong that she is an incredible person. She's not only an entrepreneur, business consultant, media content creator, traveller, author, mind-set coach, ex world champion runner athlete but also an amazing public speaker. When she told everyone her story the whole time my eyes were focused on her like laser beams. Her story was so empowering. The adversities she had and how she triumphed with such success was mind blowing. She looks so sweet and innocent on the outside but inside she's got a lions spirit from the sound of her story. Her success in public speaking shines through at the speaking event and she gave me support as a young aspiring speaker and gave me more guidance and is still guiding me today. All I can say is that if you don't believe me then book to see her speak or watch her TEDx talks on YouTube because she is such an inspiring woman.”
“Kate Is one of the most inspiring humans that I have ever met. Her energy, grit and capacity for learning is something which I think we could all benefit from.”
“Kate is an excellent Keynote Speaker. We had excellent feedback from attendees of her seminars at two recent Expo events that we organised. Kate has a fascinating profile of experience which piques people’s interest even before they’ve seen her; compelling subject matter on relevant, topical issues; great engagement with the audience, and she’s nice to work with. We’ve asked her to speak again at a future event. Can highly recommend.”
“Kate gave a fabulous workshop for the Vegan Business Exchange last year on how to go from your 9-5 and turn your idea into a business. She provided great insights into both the personal and business development side of becoming an entrepreneur. I highly recommend Kate as a speaker and facilitator - she has a great story and is super driven to help entrepreneurs succeed.”