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one of the UK’s most decorated Paralympians / gold medalist / World & European champION / world record holder 

After losing his right arm in a horrific accident at just 21 years old, Danny was determined to overcome that huge hurdle in his life, focus on the future and regain his positive mental attitude. Danny’s resilience, drive and determination saw him back on the rugby field within 6 months and shortly after into Paralympic sport, quickly dominating – famously winning gold in the men’s 800 metres at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a year which also saw him set a new world record. It was the highlight of a glittering international career that saw Danny win every major title in the sport, including the World Championships, European Championships and Paralympic World Cup.  20yrs on and Danny still holds the British 800m record.


Drawing on his personal experiences and the insights gained from participating in elite sports and collaborating with businesses globally, Danny specialises in understanding the building blocks needed to create a high-performance culture and mindset within organisations.


Danny conveys the importance of setting goals and, most importantly, the strategies to attain them. Danny’s presentations are built around his unique personal story and his powerful ‘5 pillars of performance’ a dynamic tool that can be seamlessly utilised by any business or organisation. He is also a sought-after event host, established leadership and performance coach, published author and TV presenter, founder and owner of a high-performance consultancy, 1404 Performance.


Topics covered:


  • Goal setting (Danny's unique and powerful 5 Pillars of Performance)

  • Incremental gain

  • Continuous improvement

  • learning and moving on from setbacks and failure.

  • Control the Controllables

  • Performing under pressure

  • Resilience

  • Growth mindset

  • Stepping outside of your comfort zone

  • Building a high-performance team

  • Creating and maintaining a positive mindset

  • Delivering performance when it counts

  • Creating a robust process for performance

  • Creating high-performing teams

5 Keynote presentations.

All are centred around my unique personal story of being pulled from the wreckage of a car aged 21, to standing on the podium in Athens 2004, and emphasise the valuable lessons gleaned from his journey and the transferable skills bridging the realms of sports and business as well as personal development.


The Themes and outcomes differ in each presentation and all presentations can be customised to align with the specific needs of the client.


The Power to Perform.

Every individual possesses the capacity to excel in their chosen field; what's needed is simply unlocking the code. In this presentation, Danny will delve into the traits of high-performance individuals and teams and demonstrate how you can integrate them into your daily life.


Unleash your inner athlete.

In this impactful keynote, Danny shares his journey to success, highlighting the qualities exhibited by elite athletes. He will illustrate that drive, goal orientation, resilience, and a winning mindset are not exclusive to sports stars but are strengths accessible to all.  Danny will show how these qualities can be utilised to deliver your success.

Creating your High-Performance team.

During this Keynote Danny will explore the characteristics of high-performing teams and share the steps needed to take your team from good to great.   Danny will show the importance of creating a culture of high performance and how to create it and maintain it for long-term success.

No Hurdle is impossible to overcome.

Through his unique journey, Danny will demonstrate that resilience and adaptability to change are essential to success.  Danny will share the steps that have enabled him to overcome huge obstacles in his life and how to turn these into a recipe for success.

1404 Performance.

1404 Performance is a longer session, running for half/full day. It combines a keynote presentation with facilitated sessions.

These high-impact sessions combine a powerful keynote presentation with a knowledge-and-understanding interactive session to create high-performance teams, cultures, and mindsets within your business and its individuals.

These sessions are designed to motivate, inspire and equip your team to deliver results and be more efficient and productive as well as building a stronger bond between them. 


"Danny Crates' presentation at our recent leadership conference was exceptional and left a lasting impact on our team. He masterfully weaved in all the key points regarding fostering a culture of continuous improvement, emphasizing the importance of marginal gains, and inspiring us with his personal story."

Cox Automotive

"It was a great pleasure to work with Danny Crates.  

Danny is a powerful & dynamic presenter who leaves a lasting impression.  

He inspired the entire team and delivered beyond expectations with a professional yet relaxed style that touched people’s hearts. "


"The content and messaging were extremely relevant to the sales team in the room and an excellent mixture of sentiment and humour. Everyone learnt a lot about motivating themselves and breaking down big goals into easy-to-manage milestones. "

Johnson & Johnson 

"Danny was brilliant and exactly what the conference required (i.e., a speech that had nothing to do with I.T.). Even though his speech didn’t mention I.T., it touched on themes of goal setting, improvement, and achievement, which were extremely relevant. "


"I just wanted to say another huge thank you for your contribution to the success of our former partner bash last night – your speech was hugely inspiring, and I think you must have spoken to just about every guest by the end of the evening. "


"Danny worked with us at several of our events, providing motivational speaking and an insight into the mind of a Paralympian.  Danny’s passion, enthusiasm and great stories make it difficult for an audience not to be captivated."

Coca Cola  

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