Derry business date for Olympic legend

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One of the Olympic Games most decorated athletes is to tell a Derry audience how sport develops management and leadership skills.

Sir Steve Redgrave, winner of a gold medal in five consecutive Olympics - one of only four athletes to achieve such a feat - is the keynote speaker at the ‘Raise Your Game’ event planned for the North West regional College’s Foyle Theatre next Friday.

Other guests include Ulster, Ireland and British Lions rugby star Stephen Ferris, two-time world Judo Masters Champion and Derry native Lisa Bradley, and Frank McParland, Liverpool Football Club’s Academy director.

A spokesman for the event says sport, and the range of speakers coming to Derry, has much to offer the business world.

“Sir Steve Redgrave CBE has proven himself the greatest Olympian Britain has ever produced. After striking gold in Sydney 2000 he became the UK’s only athlete ever to have won Gold Medals at five

consecutive Olympic Games.

“A sought-after speaker and tireless charity worker, Sir Steve will talk about Motivation and Achievement.

“Dr Lisa Bradley is twice World Masters Judo Champion, was a silver medallist at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has travelled the world competing at the highest level.

“Lisa’s focus has now shifted to developing our business leaders of the future in her role as Head of International Business at the Ulster Business School.

“Lisa will draw on the parallels of Preparing Your Mind to win in the sporting and business context.”

The spokesman says Frank McParland, who will speak on how best to manage talent, while Stephen Ferris will focus on “ What it takes to win.”

Further speakers include John Scott,the chief executive of the Glasgow Commonwealth games in 2014, who will speak on Leadership and Opportunity, while event organiser Bryan Dunlop, a renowned international speaker will focus on the traits of a high performer.

He will also close the event by highlighting what it takes to Raise Your game.

Next Friday’s conference, which runs from 8am to 11:30am, costs £65.

More information and how to book is available online at