Simon is Great Britains most successful judo player of all time amassing an incredible 3 Paralympic, 3 World and 16 European gold medals throughout his astonishing 20 year career.
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Spanning 5 Paralympic Games, Simon won his first gold medal at just 16 years of age in the Seoul Paralympic Games in 1988. He went onto successfully defend his title in Barcelona in 1992 and again Atlanta in 1996.
Following this unprecedented 3rd consecutive gold for the sport of judo, Simon was awarded the MBE in the 1997 New Years Honours List for his services to judo. In 2008, a niggling back injury saw Simon look beyond the judo matt, where he discovered tandem cycling.
Within 3 weeks of his introduction to 4 times World Tandem Sprint and Kilometre Champion, Barney Storey, Simon and Barney were recording times that placed them firmly inside the top 3 in the world. Simon is now a full time Tandem Sprinter and has competed in two major competitions. He wowed the crowds and Coaches in the 2008 Paralympic World Cup in which he won 2 silver medals just after 5 weeks on the Tandem! After Simon’s great success on the Tandem after such a short period, the team at the Velodrome wanted him to train as a full time Athlete.
Simon then became more experienced on the Tandem and competed in the 2009 Paralympic World Cup and this time won two gold medals in the Tandem Sprint and Kilometre Time Trial. Alongside his sporting successes, Simon is an accomplished speaker and a popular figure in the media. Simon can entertain and inspire any audience with the stories of his quest for sporting excellence and is perfect for both schools and businesses alike.
Simon has vast experience of making motivational speeches and presentations at a wide range of events. His motivating style and enthusiastic approach uplifts every audience and with his sense of humour and insightful comments, he never fails the listeners.
Simon is well informed and able to tailor presentations to suit the needs of the client. He has the ability to interact with a wide range of people and is comfortable in any environment. He is a very popular speaker at schools both in the classroom and on the stage at academic or sporting awards evenings.
Simon lives in Lancashire.
JUDO 3 Paralympic Gold Medals (1988,1992,1996) 1 Paralympic Bronze Medal (2000) 3 World Championship Gold Medals (1990,1995,1998) 2 World Championship Silver Medals (2001,2002) 10 European Championship Gold Medals (1987 – 2005) 10 Japanease Championship Gold Medals (1989 – 2000) 16 German Championships Gold Medals (1990 – 2006) 5 Lithuania Championships Gold Medal (1997 – 2003) 6 French Championships Gold Medals (1987 – 2003) 3 British Championships Gold Medals (2002,2003,2004) CYCLING 2 Silver Medals – Paralympic World Cup (2008) 2 Gold Medals – Paralympic World Cup (2009) 1 Silver Medal – World Championships (2009)