In 2009 Tessa Sanderson celebrated the 25th Anniversary of winning her Olympic Gold Medal. 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.
Tessa competed in six Olympic Games, which in itself is a record. Tessa has won many other major medals including three times Commonwealth Gold and the last being a World Cup Gold in Cuba in 1990. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and competing in her 5th Olympics she finished an incredible 4th place in the final.
In March 2004 New Years Honours list Tessa Sanderson was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty the Queen, in recognition of her services to sport and Vic Chairman of Sport England the leading strategic organisation for sport in 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.
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, where she covered the 1996 Olympics from Atlanta. Other media activities involve working with Talk Sport Radio and other network radio stations in the UK. Tessa was involved with Talksport again during the 2008 Olympic Games.
Having retired from competitive athletics in 1997, Tessa still remains the only female athlete to win an Olympic throwing medal for Great Britain. Tessa continues to work with various Charities such as the Variety Club of Great Britain the largest children’s charity in the world, also for Leukemia and was patron to Jamaica Basic Schools a Charity for Underprivileged children in Jamaica.
Tessa is currently putting a lot of energy into working with youngsters to find that sought after talent for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Still involved in sport, initially with the the Newham Sports Academy and now with the Tessa Sanderson Sports Foundation & Academy, Tessa is based in the home of the 2012 Olympic Games, Newham, and recently organised the Newham Classic 10K run.
Tessa was specially appointed to work with Newham Council in the build up to the 2012 Olympic Games as head of the Newham Sports Academy. The academy was set up to find new talent and train under experiences coaches for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. In December 2009 Tessa registered her own Charity sports academy, called the "Tessa Sanderson Foundation & Academy" and in 2011, Tessa departed from the Newham Sports Academy and is currently working with her own foundation in the build up to the 2012 Games.
'Path To Glory' is Tessa`s motivational presentation, taking you from her school days to right through to winning her Olympic gold medal and beyond. 'Path to Glory' touches upon her inspirations and what drove her to become Olympic champion, and takes a light-hearted look at her rivalry with Fatima Whitbread.
SPEAKING TOPICS – Hosting, Diversity, Health/Well-being, Sport & Motivation
“Everything went very well. Tessa was great, very up-beat and really got the message out. She was excellent….” Glaucoma Awareness
“Everything went wonderfully this afternoon – Tessa was a great panellist and was very thought provoking and informative” Goldman Sachs
“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