Speaker Bio

Roger Black M.B.E

Roger Black is one of the country’s most successful sportsmen having represented Great Britain for fourteen years at the highest level in the world of athletics. Born in Portsmouth on the 31 March 1966, Roger was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and subsequently went on to read medicine at Southampton University. He is particularly admired for his triumphs over adversity, overcoming serious injuries and a rare heart valve condition to go on to become a world champion and was awarded the M.B.E. in 1992.

Motivational Speaking and Training

Still one of the UK’s most popular speakers, Roger inspires and motivates audiences around the globe – he understands the dynamics of becoming a champion, how to live a dream, set goals and fulfill one’s potential.

In the lead up to and during London 2012 Olympic Games he was an Ambassador for Team GB.

With fellow Olympian, Steve Backley, Roger set up BackleyBlack and together they have a passion to increase and sustain performance through training and development. Their vision, put simply is…to transfer Olympic performance into the workplace.

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Sporting Profile

Roger won fifteen major Championship Medals including European, Commonwealth and World Championship Gold Medals. His greatest achievements were winning the Olympic 400 metres Silver Medal in 1996 and being part of the Gold Medal winning 4 x 400 metres relay team at both the 1991 and 1997 World Championships.

Television

Roger has presented for BBC South, BBC Breakfast News, BBC 6 o’clock News and News 24. In 1998, Roger was signed to BBC Sport and presented the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the World Athletics Championships 2001 in Canada, the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 2002 European Championships from Vienna and the World Championships from Paris 2003.

He makes regular appearances on Good Morning Britain and A Question of Sport and has previously appeared on prime-time television programmes which include, Strictly Come Dancing, They Think It’s All Over, Celebrity Master Chef, SUPERSTARS and Celebrity Mastermind, he also co-presented the final series of Tomorrow’s World and 4 series of the BBC’s award winning City Hospital.

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Motivational Keynote

Roger's standard speech is designed to engage the audience in the lessons learnt throughout his athletics career, which resulted in him achieving his dream of standing on the Olympic rostrum in Atlanta in 1996.

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Roger's standard speech is designed to engage the audience in the lessons learnt throughout his athletics career, which resulted in him achieving his dream of standing on the Olympic rostrum in Atlanta in 1996.

The keynote includes a selection of Olympic images and archive race footage of the Gold Medal Winning 1991 World Championships 4x400m Relay. Audience members can reflect and learn from the performance lessons of Team GB, who delivered on the greatest stage of all, the London 2012 Olympic Games, coming third on the medal table and four years later, improved their performance to come second on the medal table at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. There are many similarities between high performance in the worlds of sport and business.

Topics Roger addresses include:

  • Change management
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Talent is not enough
  • Need to achieve v Fear of failure
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Ownership/accountability
  • Synergy - surrounding yourself with talent
  • Pro-active v Re-active

Specialist areas of interest are:

  • The space between talent and performance, the attitude and behaviours of world class performers
  • The balance between individual and team success.

This speaker currently has no programmes. Please check back soon.

Motivational Keynote

Roger's standard speech is designed to engage the audience in the lessons learnt throughout his athletics career, which resulted in him achieving his dream of standing on the Olympic rostrum in Atlanta in 1996.

Read more

Roger's standard speech is designed to engage the audience in the lessons learnt throughout his athletics career, which resulted in him achieving his dream of standing on the Olympic rostrum in Atlanta in 1996.

The keynote includes a selection of Olympic images and archive race footage of the Gold Medal Winning 1991 World Championships 4x400m Relay. Audience members can reflect and learn from the performance lessons of Team GB, who delivered on the greatest stage of all, the London 2012 Olympic Games, coming third on the medal table and four years later, improved their performance to come second on the medal table at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. There are many similarities between high performance in the worlds of sport and business.

Topics Roger addresses include:

  • Change management
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Talent is not enough
  • Need to achieve v Fear of failure
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Ownership/accountability
  • Synergy - surrounding yourself with talent
  • Pro-active v Re-active

Specialist areas of interest are:

  • The space between talent and performance, the attitude and behaviours of world class performers
  • The balance between individual and team success.

This speaker currently has no retreats. Please check back soon.