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Wendy Smith Inspirational and motivational speaker for schools and business

After suffering a spinal injury at the age of 17 and being told she would never walk again, Wendy Smith developed her own rehabilitation program and spent 10 years retraining her body to walk. 

 In 2002 she discovered wheelchair basketball, quickly became a member of the Great Britain Women's team and represented her country in Athen's at the 2004 Paralympic games.  

Wendy Smith  then became a qualified sports psychologist, sports massage therapist, level 2 basketball coach, level 2 basketball referee, basketball tutor and studied NLP to master and trainer status.  She is an ambassador for 21st century legacy which involves inspiring school children to find their passion in life and aspire to achieve their goals and is also an ambassador for Milestone Group who are the founders of the passion project which works towards helping 16-24 years olds find their talent zone and gain work. 

 Wendy Smith spends the majority of her time working within the personal development and self-management field. Also working within the educational system, Wendy works as a mentor running interventions to assist pupils to regain their balance and enjoy the precious time they spend at school.  

Wendy Smith  is passionate about helping others 'be the best' and find their pathway to success.  

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Wendy Smith Inspirational and motivational speaker for schools and business

Wendy Smith Inspirational and motivational speaker for schools and business

After suffering a spinal injury at the age of 17 and being told she would never walk again, Wendy Smith developed her own rehabilitation program and spent 10 years retraining her body to walk. 

 In 2002 Wendy Smith discovered wheelchair basketball, quickly became a member of the Great Britain Women’s team and represented her country in Athen’s at the 2004 Paralympic games.  

Wendy Smith then became a qualified sports psychologist, sports massage therapist, level 2 basketball coach, level 2 basketball referee, basketball tutor and studied NLP to master and trainer status.  She is an ambassador for 21st century legacy which involves inspiring school children to find their passion in life and aspire to achieve their goals and is also an ambassador for Milestone Group who are the founders of the passion project which works towards helping 16-24 years olds find their talent zone and gain work. 

Wendy Smith spends the majority of her time working within the personal development and self-management field. Also working within the educational system, Wendy works as a mentor running interventions to assist pupils to regain their balance and enjoy the precious time they spend at school.  

Wendy Smith  is passionate about helping others ‘be the best’ and find their pathway to success.

Key messages

Progress - Individual or Team

The power of optimism

Pathways to success

Facing the fear factor - how to use fear as a powerful motivating force

My journey, how I became a Paralympic athlete

Disability awareness

Holistic coaching styles and the benefits they bring

Goal setting and reflection

The importance of balance in life

SCHOOL SPECIFIC

Unique ‘YOU’  - find your confidence, belief, talent zones and learn how to use them to the full

My story - if I can, you can (based around my whole life and journey)

Wendy Smith Inspirational and motivational speaker for schools and business

St. Francis’ College invited Wendy Smith to speak at an event we were holding for International Women’s Day with the aim to inspire our students to achieve and then in turn inspire the next generation. We were also promoting the awareness of the charity Women for Women International and their #sheinspiresme campaign.  She certainly delivered a speech that was incredibility inspiring and also captivated the whole audience, both young and old.  It was amazing to hear how Wendy Smith, herself has overcome the effects of her accident and other barriers life has thrown her way.  She is a true inspiration and living proof of what can be achieved by believing in yourself and through this having the determination to achieve.

Mrs V Robeson  St. Francis' College  March 2016

Wendy Smith attended the University’s Annual Sports & Activities Awards as one of our guests of honour. The evening celebrated student achievements in a variety of contexts including sport, volunteering and education. Almost immediately, Wendy had the room in the palm of her hands. Students, staff, and dignitaries were mesmerised by her inspirational stories of overcoming obstacles and achieving potential. A very culturally diverse audience immediately associated with Wendy’s genuine warmth and her powerful history. Wendy Smith was easily able to tailor her words and approach to the young people, instilling confidence and belief. I have no doubts that we’ll be working with Wendy again in the future, and we very much look forward to doing so.  

Iain Killoughery   Student Sport and Activities Manager  London South Bank University

Wendy Smith  is one of the most eloquent passionate and genuine speakers that you will come across.  Speaking from the heart, she sparks the fire in others.  She has the ability to lift the spirit of those who hear her and have them want to fulfil their potential.  What a gift!  I feel very fortunate that Wendy spends some of her time with us on the ‘Be the best you can be’ school’s project.

 Dr David Hemery CBE, Olympic gold medalist, Co-author and Co-director of the project

Wendy Smith attended a prestigious and highly sensitive ceremony held in recognition of the outstanding achievements made by vulnerable young people in the capacity of a special guest.  In the presence of other dignitaries she presented herself as a model of professionalism yet inspiration through her personable demeanour and motivating words.  She demonstrated flexibility in her communication, motivation through her emotive expressions and encouragement in her empathy.  In my experience, Wendy is someone who has an innate understanding of the different challenges that vulnerable young people and adults are faced with in the course of their personal and profession life and provides them with the reassurance throughout her own experiences that there is always a way forward.

A great speaker and even better individual - I would definitely be looking to bring Wendy back again and will highly recommend her to anyone.

Kashif Nawaz, Assistant virtual school head for Bracknell Forest Council, LAC Awards organiser

I first met Wendy Smith  when I was the Director of 21st Century Legacy, a charity that inspires, engages and empowers young people to pursue and fulfil their dreams, as an educational legacy inspired by London 2012.  Working in Primary, Secondary and Special schools across the UK, the charity delivers the ‘Be the best you can be’ programme which raises aspirations and increases self confidence.

Wendy Smith  was recruited as a Special Speaker - an inspirational role model who could engage with the young people and help them recognise their potential.  The charity developed a team of speakers across the UK and Wendy quickly became one of our most valued and effective ambassadors.  Her life story of grit, determination, participation and achievement is both inspiring and humbling.  At every presentation in a School, Wendy received remarkable feedback on how well she inspired and connected with the young people, whatever their age or background in particular, Wendy was especially effective with those who had troubled backgrounds or lifestyles - including those in Special Schools.

As well as being a speaker, I chose Wendy to represent the charity in making presentations to Head Teachers at their conferences and regional meetings.  This is a demanding role given the current heightened political and financial pressures upon Head Teachers.  Wendy quickly became one of the most reliable and effective spokesperson for 21CL at these meetings and I am thrilled that she has committed so much time to help us in expanding the awareness and take-up of the program.

This work reached a high point when we selected Wendy to represent all of the Special Speakers as a VIP Speaker, to speak alongside Lord Sebastian Coe, Lord Stanley Fink and Dr David Hemery CBE at London City Hall, at the unveiling of 21st Century Legacy’s partnership with The Mayor’s Fund for London in July 2013.  With compliments from Lord Coe, Lord Fink and many of the great and good in the audience, I echo and amplify their praise for Wendy and commend her.

Tim Mclachlan, Former Director of 21st Century Legacy


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