Sally Gunnell OBE DL

Honorary graduates 2015-16

Sally Gunnell OBE DL (LLD)

Saturday 23 January 2016 3:00pm

Sally Gunnell remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth.

Sally’s rise to the pinnacle of her sport was hard won. She lost the chance to be World Champion in 1991, but came back to win Olympic Gold in 1992 and defied the odds to become World Champion in 1993, setting a new World Record in the process. She contended with injuries, athletes that she saw as more naturally gifted, and a relatively modest support infrastructure compared to her peers.

Her success, by her own admission, was down to a firm grip over her own mind and a lot of very hard graft. Sally’s injuries eventually forced her retirement from elite sport, but she continues to remain in the public eye, thanks to her TV career and through her role as a motivational speaker and writer on health and wellbeing.

Today, Sally’s mission is to promote health and wellbeing for everybody in the UK. She is a passionate supporter of initiatives that encourage families to be more active. Her corporate work, helping companies to bring health and wellbeing in to the workplace, confirm her formidable reputation as an influencer at the highest levels of business.