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JJ Chalmers

JJ Chalmers

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Hero is an overused word in a sporting context, but when it comes to JJ Chalmers it’s certainly an accurate one. After becoming a victim of a bomb blast while serving as a Royal Marine, he went on to become a road cycling world champion at the 2014 Invictus Games. Shooting to fame after winning three medals at the Games, he now works as a TV presenter covering sporting events among other programmes on a whole host of primetime British television networks. Plus, he’s established himself as one of the industry’s hugely popular diversity keynote speakers, attending all kinds of occasions where he discusses topics including mental resilience, teamwork, leadership, overcoming adversity and more.

After leaving university, JJ joined the Royal Marines and was stationed at Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. Here, he carried out a whole host of dangerous, but critical, missions and was responsible for the safety of both his fellow marines and civilians. In this role, he learned a range of skills that transcend the military world and which he can bring to audiences at your next event. Whether it’s leading a team to achieve a shared goal or overcoming adversity, all of these skills can be applied to any setting – making him an asset to every occasion.

In 2011, JJ was a victim of an IED blast which left him with facial injuries, a disintegrated elbow and the loss of two fingers. For many people, such a horrific event could have left them broken but JJ used it in a positive way and bounced back by becoming a hugely successful para-athlete. In 2014 he entered the Invictus Games as a para-cyclist, winning a gold medal in the recumbent road cycling event. He also won two bronze medals. As a hugely successful diversity keynote speaker, the bulk of his talks focuses on how he recovered from such a traumatic injury and went on to become a successful athlete despite the debilitating injuries he suffered. His range of fascinating anecdotes has the ability to inspire all audiences to succeed in their own respective life and careers.

Recently, JJ has become known for his work as a TV presenter. This began in 2015 as a host of the Athletics World Championships in Qatar, and he’s gone on to work on coverage of the Paralympics, Invictus Games and in 2021 he joined the BBC’s coverage of the summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Looking for diversity keynote speakers to inspire audiences at your next event? JJ Chalmers is the ideal choice for every occasion. To find out more, get in touch with Evolve today.

Topics and Themes

  • Adversity
  • Mental Health
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Military
  • Media
  • Motivational

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