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Nick Gillingham  motivational, inspirational and team building speaker,

An accomplished and successful motivational, inspirational and team building speaker, Nick Gillingham MBE can reach your audience with a message that has the ring of experience and genuine achievement.

Nick Gillingham MBE is one of the world's most successful 200 metres breaststroke swimmers being one of an elite group of 7 individuals to have held the world record over the last 33 years.

Nick Gillingham Double Olympic medallist, World & Commonwealth Champion & European Champion on 3 successive occasions. Winner of 17 Championship Medals, holding 3 World, 9 Commonwealth, 11 European & 17 British Records.

Nick Gillingham has lead from the top captaining his country & represented GB for 13yrs. Received the M.B.E. in 1993 for 'Services to Swimming'. Awarded an 'Honorary Fellowship' University of Sunderland 2008. Current National Record Holder.

An accomplished and successful motivational, inspirational and team building speaker, Nick Gillingham MBE can reach your audience with a message that has the ring of experience and genuine achievement.

Nick's current material includes:

    Handling Pressure
    Creating a Winning Team
    Personal Excellence
    Fear & Failure
    The Principals of Goal Setting
    Goal Setting & Planning
    Defining Winning as a Goal
    Fair Play
    The Role Model Affect

Nick Gillingham  motivational, inspirational and team building speaker,

Nick Gillingham  motivational, inspirational and team building speaker,

Nick Gillingham was born in Walsall, West Midlands in 1967

A double Olympic medallist swimmer and former World, European and Commonwealth Champion setting 3 World, 10 European, 9 Commonwealth and 17 British Records for his breaststroke events. Nick represented GBR for 13yrs and held the National Record for 24 years and ranks as one of the most consistent championship performers British Swimming has ever produced. Three consecutive European Titles, Commonwealth and World Gold medals combined with World Records and Olympic Silver and Bronze medals in an amazing seven year run from 1988 to 1994. He is also a World Masters Champion and Record Holder.

Nick Gillingham received the decorative M.B.E. Award presented by 'Her Majesty the Queen' in the New Year Honours list 1993 marking him out as a great competitor and contributor to the sport of swimming. Nick is the current IPC Swimming Broadcast Commentator working at championship events around the world including London2012. He has been a School Governor and was awarded the Degree an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Sunderland for his contribution to sport. Nick delivers and has a passion for mentoring opportunities in respect to talented young performers as well as hard to reach young people. Most recently Nick accepted the position of University Chancellor at Walsall Children's University evaluated by the University of Cambridge.

With a passion for Performance & Development, Technology & Insight, Mentoring, Teaching and Coaching Analysis Nick is the MD for SCG Ltd. which has recently developed the world's first on-line race analysis and technique analysis system for swimmers, coaches and sport scientists..

Over the years Nick Gillingham has worked with BBC TV and BBC Radio 5 Live as a commentator and broadcaster, covering the sport of swimming at the 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney), 2004 World Short Course Championships (Athens), 2004 Olympics Games (Athens), 2005 World Swimming Championships (Montreal), 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne) and the 2007 World Championships (Melbourne).

Between 1996 & 2000 Nick delivered the British Olympic Associations Planning for Success course for many different Olympic squads. The training programme included the principles of goal setting, time management, lifestyle planning and motivation which supported Team GB in their quest for a top ten ‘medal table’ ranking.

Nick has contributed to numerous magazine articles and publications over the years. He is the author and publisher of swimZone™ ‘Introduction to Swim Fitness’ and ‘The Swim Fitness Programme’ and was the innovator for swim fitness training and development throughout the UK leisure industry. swimZone™ gained endorsement through the National Governing Body for swimming, the Amateur Swimming Association for its innovation and success. 

Nick is an accomplished and successful motivational, inspirational and team building speaker, specialist areas include:


Handling Pressure, 

Creating a Winning Team, 

Defining Winning as a Goal, 

Goal Setting & Planning, 

The Principals of Goal Setting, 

Fair Play, 

Personal Excellence,

Fear & Failure, 

The Role Model Effect and Conference Hosting (Experienced and skilled with the delivery of autocue and written scripts).

Nick Gillingham  motivational, inspirational and team building speaker,

ASDA Product Development and Technical Supplier Conference Asda House, Leeds.
'Nick Gillingham spoke from his own experiences with such enthusiasm and with a sense of reality that it inspired you to believe that anything is possible. He also related back what he was saying to the audience and linked it in very well with their job role, making it very relevant. Very professional and upbeat, 50 minutes seemed like 5 minutes and we wanted more… '
(Letter of thanks)
Many thanks for coming and speaking at our conference last week. It was a pleasure to meet you and we felt your session was really useful and added to the success of the overall day. I particularly felt you linked in the role of the suppliers and the need for good product development very well into your presentation, making it relevant.
On a personal note I have to say I could relate to some of what you were saying about the perfectionist in you' and your advice on 'unite, inspire and relax was spot on.
Darina Hall  Asda Brand

Cannock Chase Council - Opening Ceremony of Rugeley Swimming Pool.
Your speech was inspiring and I have received many favourable comments from attendees, including many who were impressed by your honesty and how much passion you displayed for swimming and leisure in general. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and I am sure you will agree that the event was a success and enjoyed by all. Once again, thank you for your time and for providing such a professional service and speech, it was perfect for the event – we could not have asked for anything more suitable.
Stephanie Grant Project Administrator

Society of Local Council Clerks Annual Conference – Docklands, London.
Nick's presentation was colourful, being full of photos and video footage, as he wove his way through humble beginnings through all of the inevitable hard work with a disciplined schedule. Throughout, Nick related his 'story' to the audience, offering many positive ideas as to how to succeed as well as the benefits of teamwork and praise. The Olympic medals, both silver and bronze, were 'handed around' and to everyone's surprise the heavier was the bronze! Nick also brought a Union Jack handed to him by a supporter ahead of a medal ceremony. Overall, a superb motivational start to our day, made even more special during an Olympic year!
Mike Page National Training Manager SLCC, The Professional Body for Local Council Managers

New Entrepreneur Scholarship Programme Graduation Evening
Thank you once again for your talk at our New Entrepreneur Scholarship Programme Graduation Evening.

“Your talk to our group of fledgling businesses was a great success. I think every person who received their certificates that evening can relate their dreams of being in business to your dreams of sporting success. You reminded everyone that having a long term goal needn't seem impossible if you consider the small achievements that can build into great success. Of all of the thousands of businesses that start up each year, only a few will continue to become successful and grow, and, like you, they will only do that if they struggle through the difficult times and stay focussed on what they can achieve”.

“I'd also like to thank you for the time you spent talking to Graduates on a one to one basis after the formal talk - you made each of them see that they deserved their success. I hope you recovered your Olympic medal safely - it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us all to handle one”.
Irene Lavender Tyne and Wear Enterprise Trust Ltd

“Staff, parents and students have all told me today how much they enjoyed your talk. Indeed Charlie Macleod, the long-retired first deputy of Harris School, tells me it was the best speech he has heard in 41 years. I think you succeeded in helping students to understand that excellence is achievable – something that is critical to Harris’s future success.”
Sue Simms, Headteacher

“Nick has visited our school on three occasions and has done whole year group assemblies, a swimming master class, a motivational talk to the gifted and talented group, a practical BTec PE lesson and joined in with Living for Sport football and cricket sessions. The pupils at school have been spellbound by his tales of Olympic and Commonwealth Games medal winning performances as well as the dedication and effort required in order to be the best at what you do. The staff have also been enthralled by Nick's motivation and we were delighted when Nick agreed to come to our after school Sports Presentation evening and present all the certificates to the pupils. We are looking forward to our next visit next term”.
Paul Donaghy, School Sport Co-ordinator (SSCo)

“Can I take this opportunity to thank you for the tremendous contribution that you made to our conference on Wednesday. Feedback from delegates has been the best I can ever remember and much of it is down to your inspirational talk… I can assure you that we have listened to the messages that you have given us and we will act upon the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead for all of our children and young people in Bedforshire schools as we move towards 2012.”
David Doran, Director of Learning Bedfordshire County Council

“We were excited to welcome Nick Gillingham to launch the ‘Academic Year’ for our new Sixth Form Students at St. Mary’s Sports College. It proved an inspirational start to the year, relating generic academic themes such as goal setting, independence and motivation to the theme of ‘high performance’ in a sporting context. With the Athens Olympics so fresh in Students mind, this provided an effective and appropriate beginning to our new term”.
Damian Walmsley Director of Sixth Form St. Mary’s Sports College