Danny Crates

Danny Crates

Recently retired from international competition, Danny Crates is a former T46 arm amputee, 2004 Paralympic Champion, European Champion, Paralympic World Cup winner and world record holder and has some amazing achievements and an amazing story to share.

In his 36 years he has had more experiences than most people manage in a lifetime. Facing a promising rugby career, playing at both regional and county level, Danny Crates suffered a horrific accident in 1994 whilst travelling and working in Australia, losing his right arm.


Not to be deterred, Danny resumed his rugby activities, becoming the only known arm amputee playing club rugby in the country, receiving worldwide media attention. He also turned his attention to athletics. As a natural speedster, he soon found that he was competing with the best in the world in his event, the T46 400m arm amputee class. In the 1998 World Championships, Danny made his international debut, by reaching the 400m final and winning a silver medal in the 4 x 400m relay event in a new European record time. Danny’s potential was also recognised in the Paralympic Games Sydney 2000, where he was narrowly beaten, into the bronze medal position in the 400m. Danny also captured the European 400m title in 2001.

Danny then switched to the 800m - a great move which resulted in him capturing both the 2003 World Indoor 800m title and European 800m outdoor titles. In 2004 he set a new world outdoor record and become the 2004 Paralympic champion. After Athens, Danny set his sights firmly on the 2006 world championships. Taking the gold medal, Danny can now claim to have achieved at every major.

Having fulfilled his burning ambition to take the Gold medal in Athens 2004, Danny was looking forward to defending his title in Beijing 2008. Sadly however Danny, who had been given the honour of carrying the GB flag at the Opening ceremony but was unable compete due to an injury sustained the day before his race. Danny reluctantly retired from International competition in July 2009 but now has his sights firmly set on becoming one of Britain’s top platform motivational speakers.

Simply put, Danny is one of life’s natural characters and will speak openly and from the heart. Danny shares his experiences readily with others, from young schoolchildren to seasoned corporate executives. As a winner and achiever, Danny is an excellent speaker and motivator. His vast experience of making keynote speeches, his natural, charm, humour and ability to tailor his delivery to suit the needs of the client provide that additional impact required to make any event or conference one to remember!

Danny Crates is available for

· Event Hosting

· After Dinner speeches

· Award ceremonies

· Business and corporate events

· Motivational speaking

· Presentation evenings

· Product endorsements




"He was absolutely phenomenal!! That is the only word to describe him"

“Danny was an inspiration to everyone at the conference. Out of 900 people, Danny got 98.9% score which was the highest we have ever had. Airwave conference

“Danny was inspirational. Whether talking to children or presenting to adults he had the audience riveted, and we have already received a number of requests from other organisations keen to work with him.” Bob Diamond, Medway 2012

“Danny Crates simultaneously charmed and inspired our audience by sharing with us the seriousness of his tenacity and will to succeed with sparkle and a terrific sense of humour! He is an inspiring and professional speaker and shows great intuition in matching the environment as a speaker. He has a wonderful personality that comes through during his speech and his contact with the audience following the speech. Feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive!” Brydie Lear, GOLD (Global Organisational Leadership development) Program Coordinator, Atos Origin International BV