Giles Long

One of the most successful Paralympic swimmers of our time – Though his journey to elite success is very different from the typical athlete

Giles absolutely enthralled our customers with his take on change and teamwork.  His humour and wonderful turn of phrase had everyone utterly captivated whilst expressing our key values. He made it our best event ever!
Lloyds Private Banking, São Paulo
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Giles Long MBE is one of the most successful Paralympic swimmers of our time. Though his journey to elite success is very different from the typical athlete.

As a boy Giles loved swimming and joined his first swimming club at the age of seven, he very quickly had dreams of going to the Olympics. He even told his parents that he was going to win a gold medal.

Giles Long broke his arm aged 13 and was diagnosed with a bone tumour soon after.
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery left him without the use of his right shoulder.
A nightmare for a swimmer.
His dreams of going to the Olympics were over.

With recovery came the resumption of swimming though with Olympic dreams long left behind until he was introduced to the British Paralympic team. All of a sudden the passion for gold was reignited.He began rebuilding a high performing team around him and began his journey to gold once again.

On the way Giles learned how to get the most from those around him (by experiencing what happened when he didn’t engage them!) and the importance  of continual improvement through change.

At the Sydney 2000 Paralympics Giles again took gold, setting a new World Record in the process. With one dream realised another had to be created.
With that Giles Long decided to go for 3 Gold medals, from 3 Paralympics, in one event.

Taking hard decisions early, driving change earlier and keeping those in his team motivated, produced a performance at the Athens Paralympics in 2004, which Giles tells as a triumph in his speech.

Giles delivers speeches that underline and illustrate the importance of teamwork,leadership, high quality communication and change.

He uses his personal story to take the audience on a journey, which is inspiring, motivating and relevant by providing practical solutions.


Giles’ favourite key notes:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Embracing Change
  • Communication