Steve Parry

As one of Britain’s greatest ever swimmers, earning himself 11 major medals in a career spanning over 10 years, Steve retired at the top of his game after winning an Olympic Bronze Medal in 2004. He was also the inspirational captain of his country who never failed to deliver when it mattered most. Steve competed in the 200m Butterfly, perhaps one of the most hotly contested events of the programme. Racing against 14 times Olympic Champion Michael Phelps, Parry became 1 of only 3 people to ever beat Michael Phelps in his semi-final swim. The final was extremely close and Parry finished in 3rd place with a new British and Commonwealth Record.


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Cancer, Inspirational, Olympian


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As one of Britain’s greatest ever swimmers, earning himself 11 major medals in a career spanning over 10 years, Steve retired at the top of his game after winning an Olympic Bronze Medal in 2004. He was also the inspirational captain of his country who never failed to deliver when it mattered most. Steve competed in the 200m Butterfly, perhaps one of the most hotly contested events of the programme. Racing against 14 times Olympic Champion Michael Phelps, Parry became 1 of only 3 people to ever beat Michael Phelps in his semi-final swim. The final was extremely close and Parry finished in 3rd place with a new British and Commonwealth Record.

Steve is now the Managing Director of Total Swimming, a company that is at the forefront of innovating the swimming space across the UK. Total Swimming’s temporary pool program teaches 30,000 children to swim a year by taking pools to underprivileged children in Britain’s poorest inner city areas. Parry now has a taste for enterprise and started a Gymnastics business with World Champion Beth Tweddle.

He is also one of the BBC’s most popular sports pundits presenting Radio Five Lives’ Swimming and Cycling coverage in addition to his regular slot on the Olympic preview program ‘London Calling’. Whilst covering the Olympics in 2008 Steve appeared on NBC’s ‘The Today’ program after being chased around Tiananmen Square by hundreds of Chinese people believing he was Michael Phelps. Complementing his media coverage of the Olympics Steve also presents the BBC North West Olympic coverage and ‘The Great Swim Series’ for channel Five.

Steve was diagnosed with a mixed germ Seminoma and Teratoma tumours in 2009 only 4 weeks after getting married. However, after treatment for the disease Steve is now 2 years cancer free. He is now an ambassador for Cancer Research UK and in 2011 teamed up with Richard Branson, Ronan Keating and other celebrities to swim the Irish Sea. This extreme 56 mile sea swim offered swarms of Lion Mane Jellyfish, 30 species of sharks, fierce winds and waves and strong tidal currents. The effort generated £300,000 for charity.

Steve draws on all of these experiences to deliver a fantastic motivational presentation.

Steve Parry - Career Highlights

Olympic Bronze medalist
European Gold & Silver medalist
Commonwealth Silver & Bronze medalist
British & Commonwealth Record Holder.

Steve Parry – The Inspirational Presentation

As an inspirational speaker, Steve tells a unique story of how he turned failure into success, his natural enthusiasm and wit never fails to motivate and inspire all who listen to his unique story of life and the Olympic Games. Taking on World Record Holder Michael Phelps, Steve was on the verge of going out of the Games after a disastrous first round swim. Turning his performance around took courage but the change in mental approach was crucial.

Steve talks openly about his experiences of fighting cancer, building a business and the attributes athletes need to be world class.

Steve articulates clearly how to focus on your direction and change your mindset so that you and your team run with a positive aura of self- belief.

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