Shanaze Reade is famed for her talents as a BMX racer, having claimed three UCI BMX World Championship wins. Having also qualified to represent Team GB at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, Shanaze is passionate about increasing representation in sport and the importance of diversity and inclusion in sport. Now booked as a speaker, Shanaze is on a mission to make the sport more inclusive for all.
Since 2001, Shanaze has competed in the fast-paced and exciting discipline of BMX racing. Her most prominent wins have included three Gold UCI BMX World Championship medals and two Gold UCI Track Cycling World Championship medals. Having been supported by BMX teams such as Adidas, Bulldog Bikes, Madison Genesis, Team Sky +HD and Team Persil, Shanaze achieved qualification to represent Team GB at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. At the 2008 Olympics, Shanaze made headlines as the only female BMX competitor for Team GB.
Having since retired from competing in BMX, Shanaze initially struggled with alcohol addiction but has now harnessed her struggles to help others with their recovery. Having cycled alongside stars such as Victoria Pendleton, Shanaze inspires young girls to get into a male-dominated sport and prove women are equally capable. Having been named as The Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year in 2007, Shanaze is now also booked as a sports speaker to share her inspirational sporting journey.
A popular choice as a speaker, Shanaze is booked to share her passions for inclusion in sport. Having competed in a male-dominated sport, Shanaze is passionate to see that not only women but people of all walks of life are able to participate in any sport they like. When booked as a speaker, Shanaze covers topics such as coming from a diverse background, representing black cyclists and the importance of sports inclusion. When looking for a diverse, inclusive and empowering speaker, don’t hesitate in booking Shanaze Reade.
Shanaze Reade is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“Shanaze has been an ambassador at a number of our live and virtual events, both for customers and colleagues, and has talked openly about her experiences in both her professional and personal life. She is incredibly versatile and relates extremely well to all types of individuals, whilst providing honest stories about how she has achieved success despite times of adversity. She has excellent communication skills and is down to earth, meaning that she resonates well with our different audiences. We would highly recommend Shanaze as an ambassador for future events.”
“Shanaze Reade has been a great ambassador to work with for our client Insync Bikes. She’s given us lots of insights from her time as an Olympic athlete for use in press releases and blogs. She also produces vlogs addressing specific issues around cycling and brings a lot of enthusiasm expertise and credibility. Shanaze has Also attended events and spoken to the media and stakeholders. A pleasure to work with”
“Shanaze Reade has been one of Access Sport’s core ambassadors for many years, working with the charity to help raise awareness of its work with key audiences.
This has included being guest of honour/ keynote speaker at several events, including our 2019 Manchester Influencer Dinner and our 2018 Bristol Influencer Dinner. On each occasion Shanaze spoke passionately about our charity’s cycling work and why it resonates with her own career and experiences. Each event was a huge success helping us form lasting relationships with senior level business executives as a result of Shanaze’s influence.
Shanaze is an extremely authentic ambassador given she also takes time to coach young people and visit activities to experience them first hand – last year she visited our Hackney BMX track and even made a film showing the importance of community cycling tracks in inner city neighbourhoods. She also supports us on social media, regularly sharing and amplifying our stories”