Top 10 Motivational Speakers For School Events

Each of these motivational speakers has a different story of adversity and success which allows them to connect so well with students and leave a lasting message that resonates throughout the audience.

Take a look below at some of Pickstar's best motivational speakers for school events.

Ellie Cole

At age three, Ellie’s right leg was amputated after she suffered life-threatening sarcoma cancer. Rather than dwell on adversity, Ellie has instead shown an incredible ability to overcome the odds to be where she is today. It’s not only Ellie’s courageous story but her unrivalled sense of humour, wonderful humility, and never-say-die attitude that makes her a true inspiration. For young audiences, her motivation to overcome the impossible is perfect and will imprint a life lesson on all the students at the event.

Steven Bradbury

Steven Bradbury won Australia’s first Olympic gold medal in 2002, and was dubbed "the luckiest gold medalist". Bradbury saw his victory as a reward not for one race, but for a decade of hard slog that has included more than his share of misfortune. In Montreal, 1994, a racing accident led to him being impaled on a skate and creating a cut so extensive he lost 4 litres of blood and required 111 stitches. He was extremely lucky to survive.

A training mishap in 2000 broke his neck and forced him to spend six weeks in a halo brace. Steven Bradbury again fought his way back, and two years later that neck was in the headlines again – only this time it was supporting an Olympic Gold Medal. His courageous story and the drive and determination that got him to Salt Lake City is an inspiring story and one students can take a lesson from.

Cam Greenwood

Cam Greenwood is one of Australia’s most creative entrepreneurs under the age of 30. He is the Co-Founder (alongside his wife, Elise) and Chief Pioneer of Zorali - a business born from the spirit of adventure, a love for nature and a vision to see generations of people find harmony with nature, themselves and each other. Ultimately, Cam’s goal is to inspire people to believe that all things are possible when you actively engage in a life driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear, as he provides key insights into the path of possibility and success. Cam’s Young, spirited and adventurous personality is what makes him so exceptionally at motivating future generations.

Sam Bramham

Sam Bramham was born with a disability that saw him only having one leg despite this, Sam has always seen the positives in life and is known for always thinking on the brighter side of life and what helps him to think possibly. This amazing mindset saw Sam compete in the Paralympic competition with a splash, when he broke the 100m Butterfly world record at the 2004 Athens Paralympics, his first games at the age of 16. He broke the world record for the 400m Freestyle and won another clutch of medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. His impressive speaking abilities and his boisterous personality make him perfect for school events.

Chelsea Pottenger

Chelsea is the dynamic, brilliant and inspirational Director of EQ Minds who is on a mission to empower high performance through greater mindfulness. Anyone who attends her events will laugh, learn, grow, and walk away with some life-changing tools to help them become more successful, energised, and more importantly, more able to tackle any challenge life throws at you! Her presentational skills make her perfect for school events with lots of hands-on activities throughout her presentation.

Tracey Spicer

Tracey Spicer is a multiple Walkley Award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored national programs for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten and Sky News.

Tracey is one of the most sought after keynote speakers and released her first book called ‘The Good Girl Stripped Bare’ which became a bestseller within weeks of publication. Her ability to provide insightful information for women and men about the rights and wrongs of the world makes her such a motivational speaker for school events talking about the seriousness of current issues.

Dean Gladstone

Dean is a former national gold medallist in swimming and surf lifesaving and is well known as a key team member in the long-running television series, Bondi Rescue. His 20 years of experience coaching kids and adults and has been in Personal Training for over 15 years. As a result of personal health issues, he expanded this knowledge to include nutrition and lifestyle choices, focusing less on pushing hard and more on listening to the body. His experience in battling injuries and achieving success makes him perfect for students and has the ability to give students life lessons.

Cate Campbell

Cate Campbell is one of Australia’s most accomplished swimmers - a world record holder, Olympic gold medallist, Commonwealth gold medallist among many other successes and achievements. But it is Cate’s attributes outside of sport that separate her from the rest. Cate has spoken out about body image challenges, overcoming a skin cancer scare, taking on keyboard warriors, and constantly pushing for gender equality.

Cate stands as a powerful spokesman for the Swimming Queensland Growing Up in Lycra program, with the aim to teach girls to be strong and not just skinny. Her aim to change the cultural norm around body image and her ability to leave the audience with life lessons makes her a perfect motivational speaker.

Anna Meares

Anna Meares is the only athlete in Australian Olympic history, from any sport, to win individual medals at four consecutive Olympic Games. When the legendary Australian track cyclist retired after the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, she held 11 World Championship crowns, making her the most successful and decorated female track cyclist in history.

In demand as a motivational speaker, Anna Meares is down to earth, friendly, impressive and incredibly driven. Her story is one of courage and inspiration, tragedy and triumph. She never fails to win peoples' hearts within seconds and would be perfect for school events.

Corporal Mark Donaldson

A young man who was at the crossroads. He had a choice, a life of self-destructiveness and petty crime or change the pattern. Mark chose the Army. It turned out to be a wonderful alternative and truly inspiring for the youth of Australia. Mark Donaldson knows what it takes to lead. He knows what it is like to take responsibility for personal and team success.

He knows how crucial effective communication is to the success of any plan. Mark knows what makes an effective team. He knows how critical it is for leaders to be agile in their decision making and how important resilience is in both the planning and implementation phases of an operation. In his world, lives to depend on it.

Now you have the top 10 motivational speakers for your next school event. Let Pickstar help you decide which one will fit best and why, with over 2,000 talent on our platform we have a large array to choose from.