Olympic Medallist, PhD in Molecular Microbiology, Leadership Development Consultant and Coach, Nutritionist Author and Inspirational Speaker
Dr Alison Mowbray was the perfect speaker for my event – an Olympic medalist, a scientist and a science teacher – what a combination! She was open, honest and passionate when she spoke – which captured the audience.
Alison has spoken at many of our executive conferences and senior team building events. Each time she has exceeded our expectations and energized the senior teams of key clients including Colt Telecom, Daler-Rowley and EDS. What they likAdd Newed most was her attitude, sense of humour, personal touch when addressing a large audience and the perception that she is very approachable despite her prestigious sporting achievements and busy speaking life.
Today I have been in a meeting where we had a motivational speaker, Alison Mowbray. I have seen many motivational speakers in my career (especially with the larger life companies) and I must admit she is one of, if not the best I have ever seen. She was funny and lively with a great story to tell which was around how she became a success after what appeared to be one disappointment after another.
Now retired from international rowing, Alison works in businesses and schools to help people of all ages rekindle their enthusiasm, set their goals and achieve their dreams. “I couldn’t even make the school sports teams and yet eventually I won an Olympic Medal. I help people see beyond the barriers they put on their own lives and challenge limiting assumptions about those they lead.” Alison’s continued work with children and scientific background means she brings a unique blend of passion and pragmatism to all her work. Energy and authenticity are words she hears most often in feedback.
Alison’s talks help and challenge people to remove both the psychological and physiological barriers that limit their performance. She believes that achieving our dreams and goals is down to skills and processes that can be learnt and the self-belief and commitment to see them through.
Alison has recently published her Autobiography Gold Medal Flapjack. Silver Medal Life which also talk about the “What happens next?” in an athlete’s life and brings her story right up to date
She believes that achieving your dreams and ambitions is due to goal setting, self-believe and transferable skills that can be learnt. A theory she put into practice in Channel 4’s ‘Dangerous Jobs for Girls’ when she was one of three women to successfully take the guys on at their own game and ‘man’ a commercial fishing trawler in the South Australian Ocean. It’s also how she wrote and published her first book. These ideas are clearly introduced in her talks in the form of the memorable quotes and mantras that have helped Alison achieve all she has in life
Alison has since retired from international competition but is by no means sedentary. She has learnt to dive, sail, windsurf and dance Argentine tango, cycled Land’s End to John O’Groats and many 100 mile cycle sportives, competed in 11 marathons and 2 Ironman triathlons, hiked hundreds of miles and climbed dozens of mountains here and abroad. Having come late into sport herself she believes passionately in the ability of sport and activity to transform and maintain our lives and uses her own experiences to inspire others.
Alison runs a Facebook site called Alison Mowbray Feeling-Inspired which brings together people already living or wanting to live healthier, active and inspired lives to share stories, information and top tips. For Alison, it’s no longer about elite sport and winning medals but just the sheer pleasure of being active, competing, feeling healthy and helping others to do the same.