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Courtney Orange

Courtney Orange

Rough TIMES, Challenges, Set backs, SELF Awareness & Positive Mindset…… are a few elements Courtney Orange speaks about to the NEXT GENERATION and their teachers or leadership teams.

Courtney's LIFE mission is to build Resilience, enhance POSITIVITY & encourage better Lifestyles. Having left home at the age of 18yrs old, Courtney is a former 6x National gymnastics champion, professional street performer, entertainer and an award winning entertainment agency owner.

Courtney is now better known as the "Wellbeing Motivator” and through his HIGHLY interactive and engaging keynote speeches, talks and workshops, Courtney reiterates the fact that You GROW through what you GO through!!

For obvious reasons having the surname Orange, was a challenge throughout Courtney's early years in his home country of Zimbabwe. At the age of 7 Courtney took up gymnastics. Early morning, evening and weekend training, in addition to school work and school sports, was all part of Courtney's daily schedule. After competing at the All Africa Games with no funding or sponsorship, Courtney completed his 4th year in high school with pretty average grades.

At the age of 18, Courtney pursued his Olympic dreams by heading to train as a gymnast in London. Whilst working a full time 9-5 job and living alone, Courtney - again without any funding or sponsorship - went on to train and compete at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.
A knee injury, followed by an operation a year later, forced Courtney to quit his lifelong dream.
These life challenges and struggles did not stop him from utilising his talents and skills. One afternoon Courtney was invited to a dance class, where he soon discovered his passion for street and breakdancing.

Courtney went onto perform as a street dance/acrobat entertainer in Covent Garden. His talents were soon discovered by talent scouts who contracted Courtney to perform on stages and for music videos with the likes of Madonna, West Life, Lionel Ritchie, Girls Aloud & Kanye West.

Because of his extensive travels and experiences, Courtney lives LIFE by the motto: “You GROW through what you GO through!!”

Pre-COVID'19, and throughout lockdown, Courtney began motivating youth groups, children doing home schooling, sports clubs and corporate offices, both live and online. Courtney currently gives MOTIVATIONAL Wellbeing talks on the topic of:

(varying from 15min – 60min sessions)

He holds interactive workshops, often using real-life stories, to give tips on:
• balanced lifestyles
• wellness
• confidence building
• overcoming fears
• stress management
• dealing with distractions

The talks cover:
• how to build a rapport with others
• recognising and utilising body language
• self-awareness,
• gratification,
• improving a GREATER self-esteem.

Testimonials from Teachers

'Having Courtney Orange here today has been amazing for Sandown School we've had over 500 pupils taking part in loads of Fitness circuits. I've already had so many of them tell me they're going to go home and practice all the exercises, they are just completely inspired they loved you Courtney. We can't wait to see you again soon!'

– Luke Davies, PE Coordinator, Sandown School, Sussex UK

'It was FANTASTIC, the children were so enthusiastic, I think you could hear them from down the street, with the screams of excitement, the opportunity to be active and to talk about Healthy Lifestyles.They loved you Courtney.'

– Alison Hills, Head Teacher, Alexandra Infant School London

'Courtney, your physical abilities in the gymnastics / dance display were immense!! Thank you so much for your motivating speech and key wellbeing messages you gave to us'

– Nathan Burden, Head Exeter University

"Absolutely brilliant, the students loved him!"

– Susan Fogarty, Head of Sixth Form, Slough and Eton Enterprise College

"Your infectious energy in your talk to the students is unforgettable. Many thanks for your mental health, wellbeing and confidence building takeaway messages that reflect our school values."

– Clare Collins, Head Teacher, Vale Primary School

"Thank you Courtney for ALL your energy in your talk to the students. They have been truly motivated and invigorated to think more positively"

– Rebecce Edmondson, Physcial Education Head, Smarden Primary School

"Courtney, Thank you for coming to speak to our students today, myself and our students were highly inspired by your story and enjoyed the presentation so much!"

– Rageshree Sinah, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, School of Business and Law, University of Brighton

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