Trending Voices: Top Sports Motivational Speakers

From Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to the ongoing IPL season, sports have been a strong motivator and source of pride for India in 2021. These sports heroes share their stories of achievements, breaking world records and defying all odds to emerge as winners. They personify the dedication and discipline of the arena which demands nothing short of complete focus and commitment, day after day, season after season. We salute their spirit of sportsmanship and dedication to their craft.   

Deepa Malik: Award-winning Paralympian, Padma Shri, Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awardee                                                                                                     

Considered one of the top motivational speakers in India, Dr Deepa Malik is an award-winning Paralympian – first Indian female para-athlete to win a medal at the Asian Games, World Championships and Paralympics, recipient of the Khel Ratna as well as Padma Shri and now President of the Paralympic Committee of India. With her inspiring story, Deepa motivates her audience to take charge of their personal transformation and life journey. 

Avani Lekhara: Award-winning Paralympian, Rifle Shooter      

In 2021, trailblazing shooter Avani Lekhara became the  first Indian woman to win two Paralympic medals, making her only the second Indian to win multiple medals at the same Paralympics. The youngster was paralyzed from waist down after suffering a spinal cord injury in an accident in 2012. And started training for 10m Air Rifle shooting under coach Chandra Shekhar in Jaipur.       

Neeraj Chopra: Award-Winning Olympian, Track and Field Athlete           

The “golden boy” of India, Neeraj Chopra made history by becoming the first Indian track and field athlete to win a gold medal at Olympics. Born in the village of Khandra in Haryana, Chopra hails from a family of farmers and was a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the Indian Army. According to the 23-year-old, he practiced the art of visualization to play out the winning scenario in his mind for several months leading up to the Tokyo Olympics.  

PV Sindhu: Award-Winning Olympian, Badminton Player

Two-time Olympic medalist and world champion, PV Sindhu is India’s most decorated badminton player in history. Sindhu rose to international attention when she broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in 2012 at the age of 17. With a career-best ranking of world No. 2, she has been amongst the top-10 since November 2016. She created history at the Tokyo Olympics, winning the bronze medal to become the first Indian woman and only the second Indian athlete – after Sushil Kumar – to win two individual Olympic medals.

Viren Rasquinha: Former Captain, Indian Hockey Team and CEO, Olympic Gold Quest                                                                                                          

Rasquinha is one of India’s finest hockey players of all time, playing 180 international matches for the Indian hockey team in a career spanning from 2002 to 2008. As the CEO of Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) – a not-for-profit organization started by legends Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone – Viren trains young, talented athletes to prepare them for Olympics. A true sportsperson, Viren’s sessions are full of anecdotes and experiences from his life in the game, motivating people to achieve their goals, build teamwork and adapt with the changing times to emerge as a true winner.

Virat Kohli: Captain, India Men’s National Cricket Team                                    

A right-handed top-order batsman and captain of the Indian cricket team since 2013, Kohli is regarded as one of the best cricket players in the world. He shot to fame after leading India to glory in the Under-19 World Cup at Kuala Lumpur in early 2008. In a career spanning over a decade, the trailblazer has set several records including his latest of fastest 23000 international runs, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing record.

Mithali Raj, Captain, India Women’s National Cricket Team                            

Mithali has carried the baton of popularizing Women’s    Cricket in India with her fierce sportsmanship spirit. For more than a decade, Mithali has been a mature, competent and inspiring leader, mentoring and motivating her team through the ups and downs that come with the game of cricket—especially women’s cricket. Leading from the front, this Arjuna and Padma Shri awardee has led the Indian team twice to the World Cup finals.

Anil Kumble: Cricketer, Commentator and Speaker                                             

Former cricketer and captain of the Indian cricket team, Anil regales his audiences with team anecdotes and stories; all the while drilling in that there is no substitute for hard work and perseverance. Anil has achieved incredible feats during the span of his illustrious career, which involved a ten-wicket haul against Pakistan. Perhaps, more striking than his bowling capabilities was his ability to maintain his temperament and lead the team out of difficult situations. His sessions make for inspiring and motivating talks where the audience leaves charged to take on life with a never say die attitude.

 

 

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