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TV Presenter - Speaker - Event host – Executive coach

Paralympic icon and former world record holder Danny Crates is widely considered one of the greatest British disability athletes of all time.

Danny is a renowned keynote speaker and event host, a published author, TV presenter, owner of 1404 Performance a high-performance coaching business, and a personal performance and career development coach.

Business - Health & Wellbeing - inspiration


Motivation - Paralympic Sport  - Sport


Goal Setting - Inspirational Leadership


Overcoming Adversity - Personal Development

After losing his right arm in a horrific accident in 1994 at just 21 years old, Danny was determined to overcome this huge hurdle in his life, focusing on the future and regaining his positive attitude. With utter determination, Danny found his way back onto the rugby field within 6 months and shortly after into Paralympic sport, quickly dominating and famously winning gold in the men’s 800 metres T46 final at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a year which also saw him set a new world record.

It was the highlight of a 12-year glittering career that saw Danny win every major title in the sport, including the World Championships, European Championships and Paralympic World Cup.

Since retiring from international athletics, Danny continues to build on his reputation as a leading speaker in the world of business and sport, delivering keynote presentations around the world which saw him voted in the top 5 speakers globally in 2015 from a list of over 1300.   His presentations leave audience’s motivated and inspired to achieve their goals and targets, both personally and within business.

A master storyteller – Danny’s 20-year corporate speaking experience shines through. He is dynamic and presents with warmth and humour, quickly captivating his audience. His presentation is built around his “5 Key Elements to Success” which resonates with every department within a business or team and guarantees excellent returns for his clients’ way beyond presentation day.

Event host

With Danny at the helm of your event you are guaranteed a smooth-running and engaging occasion.  An experienced Master of Ceremonies, Danny is known for his ability to interact with his audience, all done with his charming Essex humour.


Danny understands how stressful organising an event can be. Pre-event he will talk through your programme, working along side you to create a memorable and bespoke occasion for your audience.  He reads through the scripts making sure he understands every detailed aspect, so his delivery is as per your vision. As an experienced live television broadcaster, Danny is comfortable using autocue and can instantly and seamlessly adapt his presentation to match any situation.

Danny is available for dinners, awards ceremonies, celebrations and conferences.


As an experienced speaker he is also able to offer an after-dinner style speech, giving your event that extra ‘wow’ factor and bringing to life any themes.

Speaker for business

Danny is a renowned keynote speaker who has worked around the globe, including Malaysia, Dubai and all over Europe, he was voted one of the top 5 motivatiional speakers globally.  His presentations are guaranteed to leave audiences motivated and inspired to become high achievers, both personally and within business.

Danny tailors his presentation for his audience and transfers his Paralympic success into results for them, whether it be overcoming hurdles, incremental gain, aspiration, understanding and delivering high-performance, change management, optimising personal performance, goal setting, teamwork or building exceptional results from failure.

Alongside his speaking, Danny is a regular presenter on TV, from factual programming to sports presentation.

Danny is also a published author of his motivational autobiography “Danny Boy” which was voted best sports book in the Evening standard.

Danny participated in Celebrity MasterChef in 2015. He is patron of several charities and loves to challenge himself through sporting fundraising events.

"Our yearly kick of meeting is a highlight on the calendar to motivate the commercial teams for the year ahead. However, with the challenge of Covid 19, structural changes and a virtual setting we were challenged with our normal delivery mechanism. We enlisted the help of Danny (for the second time in 7 years) to deliver an online motivational talk with a softer Q&A vodcast interaction. His personal stories and energy allowed the audience to connect with him in these difficult times. His messages of managing yourself during adversity and setting targets to maintain focus resonated through the organisation. As always Danny was a pleasure to work with and the reason we brought him back in to the team and I don’t rule out a third sales meeting!"

Mark R.J. McMillan – Director Marketing Wright Medical

Keynote and Motivational Speakers

C - £2.5k to £5k

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