Craig Heap

Craig Heap is a retired gymnast who has won Gold, and has represented England over 100 times. Craig has spent a lot of time since retiring giving back to sport.

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Craig Heap, a former Olympic Gymnast, made history at the 1998 Commonwealth Games by leading the English men’s team to their first-ever Commonwealth Games Gold medal.

Craig then went onto do it again four years later at the Manchester 2002 games. From being a mystery guest on “They Think It’s All Over” to flipping for Kylie Minogue and judging alongside Nadia Comaneci on BBC1’s “Tumble,” Craig’s got quite the collection of stories.

Growing up on a dairy farm in Lancashire might seem worlds away from the Olympics, but Craig credits his strong work ethic from farm life for helping him stand out in his sport. It even got him to the 2000 Olympic Games, where he hit his Personal Best score.

Starting out in a “not so cool sport” taught Craig resilience and the importance of being true to himself. He believes those qualities are key not just in sports but also in business and living a happy life.

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Craig presented at the Lincolnshire Sport and Physical Activity Awards 2019. Craig held the attention of the audience for the whole evening with his thoughtful and engaging questions to our winners and fantastic off the cuff raffle, he really made the night a celebration of Sport and Physical Activity in Lincolnshire. He was able to mix the serious and inspirational stories of the night with his electric and funny personality to provide the audience with a truly entertaining and memorable evening. Craig was also fantastic in the build up to the evening arriving early and thoroughly preparing for each award with information about each winner. Overall a very professional speaker who we would highly recommend.

Craig has the ability to engage and motivate pupils to make every child want to participate. His great sense of humour and lively personality coupled with his astonishing skills captivated both pupils and teachers alike. He has a very down to earth approach and by telling pupils how he developed his skills and progressed from club work to national and international competition he presents pupils with not only a model of success but with a pathway to follow from school to club-link and beyond. The experience of seeing and touching a gold medal was a memorable moment for all.

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