Tessa Sanderson

Tessa Sanderson

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On the 6th August 1984 at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Tessa Sanderson won the Gold in the Women’s Javelin and remains today the only British Woman to ever win a throwing Gold Medal.

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Tessa Sanderson: Honours

Tessa Sanderson competed in SIX Olympic Games from 1976 to 1996, and in addition to the Olympic Gold, won three Commonwealth Golds and a World Cup Gold in Cuba in 1990. In March 2004 New Year’s Honours list Tessa Sanderson was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty the Queen, in recognition of her services to sport and her role as Vice Chairman of Sport England.

Prior to the CBE she was the recipient of an OBE in December 1997 for her work with various charities and in 1985 was awarded the MBE for winning her Olympic Gold Medal for Great Britain in Los Angeles. In October 2004 Tessa was awarded the Sunday Times Life Times Achievement Award for her dedication to sport. Tessa is the founder of the Tessa Sanderson Foundation & Academy – working with young people to create a positive pathway in life through sport.

  • 6 times Olympian
  • Olympic Gold Medallist – 1984
  • 3 Times Commonwealth Gold Medallist – 1978, 1986 and 1990

Tessa holds two Honorary Fellowship Degree one from South Bank University in London in 2004, and prior to that Wolverhampton Polytechnic. She also has an honorary Masters Degree from Birmingham University.

During her 26 years competing for Great Britain Tessa was voted Sports Personality of the Year and Athlete of the Year (3 times) by the Athletics Writers Association. In 1988 Tessa presented the Sports News for 2 ½ years for Sky Television. Her media career involved television presenting for BBC, ITV, Bloomberg, GMTV, Talk Sport Radio.

Tessa was a Board member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company and continues to be very involved with that area today. Her charity support is extensive, her latest work includes being Patron of Adoption UK having just adopted two young twins herself.

Media Career

Tessa has taken part in various BBC Shows and is a natural in front of the camera both as a guest and a host. One particular show recorded the highest viewing of the whole series on one evening with over 2.9 million viewers – it was repeated 9 nine times during the year.

Tessa continues to be a regular within media, whether it be ‘A Question of Sport’, BBC Radio news review  or entertainment ‘Celebrity 5 go Barging’ Channel 5 (2018).She is often featured  in magazines, broadsheets and the popular press (Hello Magazine covered her 60th birthday, Daily Telegraph featured ‘mother at 57, model at 60’). Very much a TV/Radio personality outside of her sporting achievements she regularly gives keynote speeches as well as hosting award functions. More recently she was signed by Greys Model Agency and is developing work in fashion and beauty balancing this with her young family and sporting interests.

Tessa is a keynote speaker, accomplished motivational presenter and awards host and TV & radio personality across sport, entertainment and media. Feedback includes:


“Tessa, as expected, was absolutely charming and I hope she felt she received a warm welcome.  She was very patient as we ran over time but spoke to everyone.” Bromley Healthcare

Tessa was brilliant last week, I had a letter from the CEO of Energise plus and said they were very impressed with her and how lovely she was and photos/autographs were not a problem either. – Energise

“All went well thanks. Tessa did a great job and the audience really enjoyed her” – Foundation Housing

“Everything went very well. Tessa was great, very up-beat and really got the message out. She was excellent….” – Glaucoma Awareness

“Staff and students have been very complimentary stating that Tessa was a “real” person with no aires and graces and was willing to spend time with the showing a genuine interest in their sons / daughters and in the Academy generally. It was definitely a good move” Leigh Technology Academy

“I just wanted to say that Tessa was truly inspirational and everyone was truly overwhelmed by her talk.  She lived up to our expectations and more, so if you could please pass on our personal thanks I would be very grateful.”  Chwarae Teg International Women’s Day

“Tessa was brilliant. She arrived early. She took time to talk to people and posed for pictures with children. I would definitely use her again if I had the opportunity and would recommend her to people.”  Health Communities Team

“A huge thank you for putting us in touch with Tessa Sanderson, her speech was really inspirational, what a lovely lady, we had a great time and it was a very successful evening”  George Green School

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7 reviews for Tessa Sanderson

  1. Duke of Kent School

    Tessa was a fantastic guest speaker. Quite apart from giving a wonderful (and perfectly judged) speech, she took time to speak to every child getting a prize and was most generous with her time and her comments after the ceremonies, despite a busy schedule.

  2. Goldman Sachs

    Everything went wonderfully this afternoon – Tessa was a great panellist and was very thought provoking and informative.

  3. School for Entrepreneurs Graduation

    Brilliant…absolutely brilliant…. she was wonderful.

  4. Visa

    The event went really well thank you. Tessa was extremely approachable and had queues of people wanting a photograph with her. Tessa was extremely flexible when the time frames moved back slightly and had a wonderful relaxed style. We really appreciated the time she took to come along so please pass on our thanks to Tessa.

  5. James Hornsby School

    The evening was a huge success, due in no small part to the contribution of Tessa. Her speech at the beginning of the event was both informative and inspirational and struck exactly the right tone for the evening. At the end of the event, having presented all the awards, she gave freely of her time to talk and have photos taken with students, parents, et al, displaying her medals (which everyone wanted to see) and clearly had time for anyone who wished to speak with her.

  6. Greenwich College

    Everything went very well with Tessa Sanderson. She gave a very good speech that everyone enjoyed and there was a good question and answer session afterwards with some serious and some funny questions. Tessa also stayed to meet people afterwards and have a chat with them which was very much appreciated. We were very glad she could come along.

  7. BP

    Tessa was great last night – such a good speaker and it’s so lovely how her bubbly personality came through throughout. Tessa’s passion, energy and personality really shone through. Her story of courage and ‘having no fear’ contained many messages that we could all relate to.

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