My 5 Favourite Sports Speakers That Are A Part Of The UK Speaker Roster

By Briana Jake Woodward

One of the most popular sports speakers to work on the UK circuit is Sean Fitzpatrick. He was an epitome of a sports hero and a role model for many young men. A leader on and off the field, he was considered as an amazing rugby player. "Fitzy", as he was nicknamed, was a great player. He began playing in 1986 and retired in 1998. Since the 1987 World Cup he has played 99% of all the games. He was set to the captain of the All Black team, and was considered as among the best captains it ever had. He was appointed captain of the All Blacks in 1992 and played in 121 international matches, including 92 Test matches.

In 1996, he became part of the Auckland Blues. With him, they won the inaugural Super 12 competition. He also led the All Blacks to the championship in the tri-series competition against Australia and South Africa. He also led the greatest and first even test series win against South Africa. In 1997 Sean led his team in 12 test matches without losing any. Later he also became part of the Buckland Team. He got a series of knee injuries, and because of said injuries he announced his retirement from the sport in 1998.

He wrote a book titled, "Turning Point, the making of a Captain". It' considered as one of the bestselling books and has been steadily acquiring a readership since it was first published in 1998. Sean loved rugby too much, which was why he could never really leave it despite his injury. This is why he became NZRFU's Rugby Consultant in 1999, responsible for player development and liaison. Sean is also a philanthropist. He's connected with a lot of different charities. For instance, he was one of the founders of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which seeks to use sport as a medium to bring about social change. He is also ambassador for New Zealand's Variety Club. He is also affiliated with Ronald McDonald House and Starship Children's Hospital.

Sean also holds the world record for the most caps by a forward. So far no one has yet matched or surpassed the record, which is 51. Sean has also been inducted in 2001 in the International Rugby Hall of Fame and in 2002 in the NZ Sports Hall of Fame. He is an invited member of the World Sports Academy. Aside from all these honors, Sean is also a well known speaker. Previously he was just admired by people simply because of his achievements and his great sports record. Today he is getting more respect and admiration from other people because of his oratory skills.

There are other sports speakers in the UK circle as well. These are Sir Henry Cooper, who is a boxing champion; Alec Stewart, cricketer; Nigel Owens, international rugby referee; and Paul Walsh, football player. These are the sports personalities that are currently very popular among the sports speaker circuit working in the UK.

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