Naomi Riches was just 8 weeks old when she was diagnosed with a visual impairment.
Naomi swam for the local disabled swimming team Naomi, but apart from this had very little interest in sport. It was 2004 when Naomi was offered the chance to join Great Britain’s Adaptive Rowing Team, she seized this opportunity. Finally, this was something she could do because of her visual limitation rather than being told she couldn’t because of it.
Naomi competed in the Mixed Coxed Four winning six World Championship Gold Medals, a Paralympic Bronze Medal in Beijing and at the London 2012 Games she became Paralympic Champion. As a result of the success in London, Naomi and her crew were awarded MBE’s in February 2013.
Naomi Riches MBE speaks on the following topics:
Naomi is an engaging and thought provoking speaker with 8 years’ of speaking experience, able to connect with audiences large and small, old and young.
After leaving school with indifferent academic grades and little to no self-confidence, the consequence of severe bullying, Naomi set out to succeed by not being defined by her visual impairment. This has been the driving force behind all she has achieved.
Her outstanding communications skills captivate audiences. Yet her greatest talent as a speaker is the ability to show people how, the qualities and attributes she developed through her early years, sporting career, and now in business can be applied to their lives, their teams or their businesses.
Naomi’s open, honest and authentic style, along with her passion to inspire others shines through. The most important part of her presentation is, in her mind, the finish line. She strives to ensure the client’s message is communicated effectively, always taking the time to understand the client’s needs and expectations in full, and to discover what the client wants the audience to feel when they leave a presentation. With that as her goal, Naomi is always able to tailor her message and style of delivery to meet specific requirements.
“I met Naomi back in 2014 when I started working with the guys at Thomas International, in this time Naomi has not only developed into someone who understands the Thomas tools and how to integrate them into people’s everyday lives, she has also become an accomplished keynote speaker sharing her moving story to help others reach for their goals. I would have no problems in recommending Naomi as a World class speaker for your conference” Derek Redmond
“I felt incredibly lucky to have Naomi speak at the 2M Future Leaders’ development day. She is that rare combination of someone who has achieved great things and yet remains down to earth. This makes her the best of motivational speakers. Not only is she motivating and engaging, but she is also a warm and personable individual whom everyone connected with” 2M Holdings Ltd
“Naomi was very good and very personal to the listeners, she really helped to motivate our colleagues. She was very positive, motivational and we would love to have her back again!” PR Executive, Dunelm
“We chose a simple theme for our annual Rotary District conference – We Can. We wanted to show examples of what our members could do if they tried. Naomi was the perfect speaker for us, her achievements in the face of seemingly insurmountable difficulties shine out as a beacon to what you can do with determination and a refusal to accept doubt. She’s also done wonders for us working with young people throughout our area who warm to her story and personality immediately.” – District Governor 2013-14, Rotary District 1090
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