Well-known for being one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket, Michael Holding is a true sporting legend. Having represented the West Indies on more than 100 occasions over the course of 12 years, he was one of the fastest bowlers of his generation. Since retiring from the sport he’s become an expert TV pundit and a powerful voice on social commentary regarding racism in society went viral in 2020. A hugely popular event speaker, Michael is regularly called upon to share his personal insights on diversity in sports, racism and the progress that still needs to be made.
In the mid-70s and 80s Michael was at his peak helping a rampant West Indies dominate many a Test match. At one stage his bowling speed was reaching a remarkable 97mph making him one of the fastest bowlers on the planet. During a Test match against England in 1976, he recorded the best figures in a match. His bowling score of 14/149 remains an international record to this day. In his domestic career, he represented the likes of Derbyshire, Lancashire and Tasmania and is still widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. Since retiring he has been inducted into The Federation of International Cricketers’ Association Hall of Fame and the ICC Hall of Fame.
Born and bred in Jamaica, Michael was a keen sportsman in his youth regularly playing cricket at school. His family would often come and watch him play at local parks and in 1975 he was selected for the West Indies for the first time.
Having worked for Sky Sports as a cricket pundit for many years Michael’s speech surrounding racism in 2020 received global acclaim. While discussing the Black Lives Matter movement and racism in society he recalled tales from his youth where his mother’s family disowned her due to the darkness of her husband’s skin. Visibly emotional while discussing the story, his powerful explanation of the realities of racism and discrimination resonated with viewers everywhere. Off the back of this, he was awarded Freedom of the City of London and released the book ‘Why We Kneel, How We Rise‘ which explores modern day racism.
When booked as a speaker Michael is able to relieve the highs from his cricket career as well as offer a powerful and authoritative voice on the inequalities which still affect people from ethnic minority communities across all industries.
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