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Your Motivational Speaker: Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE famous motivational speaker & The Original & One & Only Madfish Since 1976!
At the tender age of only fifteen, Julie Bradshaw became one of the youngest people to swim the English Channel in a British Junior Record of 10 hours 9 minutes, which still stands today. Twenty three years later she was not only to swim the Channel the ‘Blue Riband’ of marathon swimming again, but this time she astounded the world, by using the hardest swimming stroke, the BUTTERFLY in 14 hours 18 minutes and claiming her 12th world record.famous motivational speaker

Julie’s passion for open water swimming began in the Lake District at the age of 14, conquering England’s largest lake, LakeWindermere. The seed was sown, a seed that has grown into an absolute passion over the many years that Julie has been involved, and continues to be to this day. Her illustrious career has earned her an amazing 17 world records to date, more than any other marathon and long distance swimmer and she is doubtless one of the finest long distance swimmers in the world. Along the way, Julie has used her swimming to accrue a mammoth total for various charities. famous motivational speaker

In 2004 she was nominated for the Sunday Times Sports Women Inspirational Award. In 2006 was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Swimming and Charity’, soon to be followed by Loughborough University who conferred upon Julie an Honorary Doctorate for her ‘Outstanding Achievements and Charity Work’. More Honours were to come and 2007 saw Julie Bradshaw inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. famous motivational speaker

All of this has been a culmination of a lifetime of hard work, determination and complete focus, a positive mental attitude which reflects Julie’s strength and character. Taking all her experiences over 27 years, Julie is able to Inform, Inspire and Enable her audiences and adapt her presentations to suit the needs of any client. public speaker

Through her stories, Julie’s delivers messages that motivate and help people in all walks of life, encouraging them to ‘Follow their Dreams’ and Believe in Themselves’. She also offers tools to achieve this. public speaker
“A great speaker is first a great person who happens to speak well.” (Socrates)

Speaking Occasions
All of Dr. Julie Bradshaw's speeches are tailor made to the requirements of the event. You can be assured that after careful discussion Julie is able to pin point the right talk for YOU, whatever the occasion.
The After Dinner Speaker
Sporting and Non-Sporting events - Julie's presentation will inspire your audience and ensure that everyone leaves with belief in themselves and the enthusiam, focus and motivation to achieve what they desire in life
The Sporting/Adventurer and Swimmer/Motivational Speaker
Julie's remarkable story is powerful and inspirational. She talks with much experience on her self-belief, motivation, mental tenacity, dedication and training, teamwork, her ability to overcome obstacles ('no failure, only feedback"), what it's like to swim in cold water such as her 12 hour swim of Loch Lomond in 38 degrees F, and much more. Julie brings her talks alive with visuals of her swims, for example her Butterfly Solo English Channel swim of 2002, as well as many funny stories.
Julie also talks about her inner strength to achieve and her never-ending focus on what she wants, her dreams - as she says, "Always something new, different, more difficult and challenging, never the same swim twice - the appeal of what has never been done before, means I am forever moving forwards in life."
"The real value in any form of achievement, is not in achieving the thing itself; the real value is in who you become in the process." (Brian Mayne)
The Business Speaker
Using examples from her own life and experiences, Julie helps businesses to understand how to become more successful and to achieve their goals within their organisation using the capabilities of their workforce. Topics Julie "Enables" on are:
  • Motivation
  • Inspiration
  • Leadership/Teamwork
  • Success

"The Secret of Creating Your Future Success, Now!"

Speaking Testimonials
"We were lucky enough to have Dr. Julie Bradshaw as a motivational speaker at the Ecoflow Conference in 2002. People were astounded by her personal achievements with swimming and truly inspired by her clarity and self-belief. They genuinely felt privileged to meet her and still talk about her successes all these years later. There is no doubt that she inspires others to achieve more."
(Mark De Salis, Ecoflow Network Coordinator & Company Trainer 2002)

“Julie came to speak at Bromsgrove School in the Michaelmas Term of 2006. She delivered a wonderfully engaging and inspirational talk about her achievements in swimming, most notably her cross Channel swims. Her talk outlined the dedication that you have to have when preparing for long distance endurance events and highlighted Julie’s own inner strength and tenacity. She came across as a wonderful role model…her photos and footage really made the talk come alive…I can recommend her highly…”
(D.Draper, Wellington College, Berkshire 2006)

“Julie spoke to our Club…as a body we were enthralled and somewhat in awe of the achievements she recounted. It was an engaging and stimulating talk and left us all wondering how it was possible for a relatively slight person to achieve so much. It left us amazed at the amount of training needed to be done to achieve the distances she is able to swim…It is an honour to recommend Julie as a very interesting, lively and inspiring speaker and her talk will surprise and humble most individuals but also provide motivation to do something to improve ones own well-being.”

(S.M.Roberts, Secretary Rotary Club of Loughborough Beacon, 2006)

“Julie came to Hawes Side…she spoke with passion about her swimming and enthused the children with her achievements. Julie’s talk was both motivational and inspirational; the pupils were amazed by her feats but also inspired to achieve highly themselves. We often talk about role models and great achievers, so it was fantastic to have the opportunity to have such a person in school, to share first hand the hard work, preparation dedication and ultimately rewarding experiences Julie has enjoyed…

(Michael Shepherd, Headmaster, February 2007)

“Julie proved to be a very able speaker; she was responsive to the needs of her audience…her talk was well illustrated by images and captions…of her illustrious swimming achievements. She was able to incorporate humour and appeared confident and knowledgeable. A great many expressed their enjoyment at the reception, which followed. I can recommend Dr. Bradshaw for similar events.”

(Colin White, Marketing and Admissions Manager, Arnold School, July 2007)

“The World Cold Water Swimming Championships were held at the Tooting Bec Lido Feb 9th and 10th 2008. Attended by 700 swimmers from all over the world and over 1000 spectators there were a grand celebration of the pleasures and challenges of open water swimming…a day long seminar of talks and stories was held…we were delighted that Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE was able to join us. She held the tent spellbound as she relayed the remarkable achievement of swimming the Channel butterfly. For novice swimmers and channel swimmers alike…Julie’s accounts of her swimming life were truly impressive and inspiring to hear about. Particularly notable was the moment Julie got the audience on their feet to try out…exactly WHAT swimming the Channel butterfly could achieve for them by closing their eyes and imagining their own flights through the water. We were delighted to host such a world class swimmer and look forward to welcoming her again to the Lido soon.”

(Lucy Neal OBE, Member SLSC and Organiser of World Winter Championships 2008)

"On February 20th 2009 Julie did a presentation for our group on her personal achievements as a Channel swimmer. She inspired the group about what they can achieve for themselves and that anything is possible. Many thanks Julie as this has given us food for thought and how it can be used in Recovery from Mental Distress."
(R. Eldessouky CPN, Women's Recovery Group, Charnwood 2009)

"Staff in our company are undertaking a series of relay swims of the English Channel for the Irish Cancer Society. Julie came over to our offices in Dublin to share her swimming experiences and motivate the team. Julie gave the team a unique insight into the world or Channel swimming. Without doubt Julie's presentation has played a large part in our preparation for this challenge."
(Gerry Keenan, CEO, Irish Life Investment Managers 2009)

"Julie, I would like to take this opportunity to send our sincerest appreciation for the day you spent with Warlingham School, Surrey (29th April), opening our district primary schools gala in our newly retiled swimming pool, and for the very enjoyable seminars that you ran, involving our 'Gifted and Talented' pupils.
On communication with pupilis involved, they all stated how interesting it was to be able to have contact with a superior athlete, a pioneer in the field, and to learn to understand exactly what is needed for someone to become successful. 
We would like to continue our link with yourself and please whenever in London or Surrey, feel free to come and visit."
(P. James, Sports Facilities Manager, Warlingham School, Surrey 2009)

Thank you for coming and delivering a wonderfully, inspiring talk. We really enjoyed it
(UKCPD May 2009) Click here for more

I found the workshop and talk that Julie delivered exciting and motivating. The demonstration of goal visualisation and the tool to get rid of certain unhelpful behaviours, was more than interesting. I have been able to go back and put into practice both in my business and at home, what I learnt during the day.
(CIPD Conference, Member, Sept 2009)

Well, what can I say, Julie.

Thank you very much indeed for coming to talk to us about your life and swimming last night. It was certainly most interesting and the video was very good. All the ladies (and gentlemen) enjoyed your visit and it got them all talking, which is a good thing.
(Gloria Brentnall, Women's Guild, Loughborough November 2009) was excellent..."Women Mean Business Conference"
(Carol Parker, Events Manager North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce May 2010)