Tessa Sanderson CBE

Olympic Gold winning javelin thrower, Tessa Sanderson CBE is a legend and an emotive and inspiring motivational speaker on the corporate circuit.


Tessa Sanderson is a six times Olympian. On the 6th August 1984 at the Olympics in Los Angeles, Tessa won the gold in the women's javelin and remains today the only British woman to ever win a throwing Gold Medal. Tessa has also won many other major medals, including three times Commonwealth gold and the last being the 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. During her 26 years competing for Great Britain Tessa was voted Sports Personality of the Year and Athlete of the Year three times. In 1988, Tessa presented the sports news for over two 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 during the 2008 Olympic Games and fronted Jamaican TV Breakfasts coverage of the 2012 Games. Tessa was involved with Sport England and the Newham Sports Academy before setting up her own foundation and academy in 2011. The Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy is a charity organisation to help assist young people in sport, towards a healthier lifestyle and through physical activity, together with building confidence and a social wellbeing whilst still in education. She is also a board member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company. Tessa has regularly featured in the television and media. Appearances include Dancing On Ice Goes Gold, Great British Menu, Antiques Road Trip, Question of Sport, and Celebrity Masterchef.


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