"I thought it was so powerful how Sarah lifted us up with her achievements of getting the Gold medals, then dropped us with the story of the university coach. I felt the room go "thud" with horror. Her message was so strong. She was so inspiring and the message wasn't just about equality, she also motivated people to "take charge" and follow their dreams - I felt this could be applied to all sorts of things such as having a goal at work and using personal ambition to achieve it - not sitting back and waiting for others do it for you."
Torbay Council Conference on Equality and Diversity "Take Charge - Putting Policy into Practice March 04
"A wonderful inspirational speech I was spellbound."
"Inspirational, truly magnificent, confident, assertive and challenging. She made a lasting impact!"
Rotary National Conference 2002
"The best speaker we have ever had- the pupils, parents and staff were drawn in by her personality."
Shire Oak School, July 2009
"Sarah was an inspirational speaker who has raised the aspirations of our students.she was interesting & enthusiastic as well as delivering the message in a way that was appropriate to the students.She was interested in the athletes and took time to speak to them during the course of the evening after the presentations.She made the whole evening a fantastic experience for students and staff."
Oakbank Sports College, May 2009
"The best speaker we have used, jaw droppingly good."
Jo Pearson, 2012 Student Voice, July 2009
"Brought a freshness and an engaging reality to her story. We left feeling anything was possible with the right mindset."
Stockport Primary School Headteachers Consortium AGM, September 2009
"The best speaker I have seen."
Dawn Clewes Chair of Governors. Haywood Engineering College, November 2009
"Inspirational, dynamic and very professional. Sarah and Barney connected perfectly with their audience. An awards evening is made by the quality of the guest speakers / presenters and we think that this was our best so far. I know our students felt proud and honoured to have their awards presented by Sarah and Barney. Thank you."
Chris Chapman, Assistant Headteacher, Haywood Engineering College, November 2009
"Thank you very much for coming to talk to our management conference on Tuesday. I found your speech both interesting and inspirational and the feedback that I have received from colleagues has been universally positive."
James Reed, Chairman, Reed Executive, 7th July 2011
“The Olympian speaker was particularly inspiring. One of the best speakers I have heard in recent times.“
“a thoroughly enjoyable evening and what an inspirational speaker (or should I say speakers though much as I should find update in accounting standards of interest, and the topic was covered as well as it possibly could have been, listening to tales from an Olympic Champion possibly just shaded it!)”
Deloitte Guests, Directors Dinner, Birmingham, 15th September 2011.
“relevant and experienced” and “a great speaker.”
Partners of M&A event, October 2011
"I would like to thank you again for your insight and motivational contribution to our conferences which was positively received and very beneficial and thought provoking."
Keith Richards, Group Distribution and Development Director, Tenet Group Ltd, January 2012
"Many, many thanks to you and Barney for making our Conference so special.
Not only was your talk very inspiring but the way that you chatted to everyone and signed autographs and had photos taken with them, made the day."
Rotary, 1st October 2012
"On behalf of the NASUWT I wish to thank Sarah most sincerely for her excellent contribution to our Conference and for helping to make it a successful and thought provoking event.
Sarah’s after dinner speech was very well received and the evaluation sheets were full of positive feedback from those who attended. To be honest I have never seen such a positive response to one of our after-dinner speakers!"
Helen Russell, NASUWT Women Teachers’ Consultation Conference, September 2012
"As Scottish Widows Ambassador for the London 2012 Games, Sarah’s commitment to us to help us bring to life the excitement and inspiration of the London 2012 Games for our colleagues and customers across our business - truly surpassed all expectations. We can’t thank Sarah enough for her contribution over this five year partnership. Her professionalism, commitment and natural ability to engage an audience confirmed to us that her appointment as our Ambassador was one of the best decisions we ever made!"
Camilla Grove, Scottish Widows Sponsorship Manager, October 2012.
"Sarah was an inspirational visitor; she spoke to all the children in assembly and then answered questions the children had prepared. We were very proud of the calibre of question the children asked and Sarah’s responses were superb. Sarah spoke of coming from a very similar starting point to that of the majority of our children and inspired them to discover their own gifts and pursue their dreams."
Reverend Lynn Boyle, Headteacher, Fairway Primary School, January 2013