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Donna Fraser

Donna Fraser

4x Olympian in Athletics and Vice President of UK Athletics

Donna Fraser is a former sprinter, who competed at four consecutive Olympic Games for Great Britain, has developed a wealth of experience within the field of equality and diversity communications since her retirement from competitive athletics in 2009.

Between 2011-2015, Donna held the position of president of the South of England Athletics Association, while from 2013-2015 she also undertook the role of chair of the BAME Network (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) at EDF Energy. In December of 2015 Donna became Vice President of UK Athletics Members Council, a role she will remain in as agreed with the other members of the council.

After 19 years at EDF Energy, Donna returned to her passions in 2017, taking on a new role with UK Athletics as their Equality, Diversity & Engagement Lead and for the organising committee of the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships and World Para Athletics Championships in London.

From the track to the boardroom, Donna has created a career synonymous with all the characteristics that you'd attribute to one of Britain's greats. An expansive profile filled with medals, podium positions and significant accomplishments that tell the story of a European Junior Champion from Croydon that rose to become one of our most fearless world class Olympians. But the aforementioned accolades only scratch the surface of Donna's armoury. To characterise by her sporting achievements alone is to do a great disservice to the inspiring woman that she is today. The woman that battled her way through Breast Cancer to then go on to achieve a qualifying time to compete for trials at the 2012 Games.

Donna continues to be active and spends much of her time ‘giving back’ to the community she served as a Team GB athlete, offering motivational/inspirational talks about her life to schools, universities and corporate organisations covering various topics including health and wellbeing, leadership, resilience, mindfulness, managing stress and anxiety.

Donna has made several television/media appearances (including Sky News, Sky Sports News, CNN, BBC Radio; 5 Live, BBC News) and is involved in many charities and a member of several committees:

  • Sport Honours Committee member
  • Cabinet Office Diversity & Inclusion Group
  • Breast Cancer Now Ambassador
  • Support Sport Through Sport Patron
  • London Marathon Charitable Trust Trustee
  • Women’s Sports Trust Trustee
  • Former ‘Olympians’ Committee member
  • Former Sussex Cricket Foundation Trustee

Donna has achieved the following awards:

  • Inspirational Role Model finalist - European Diversity Awards 2017
  • Outstanding Woman in Sport - Precious Awards 2018
  • Freedom of the Borough 2018

Testimonials from Teachers

"Donna was fantastic at our Speech Day event, struck just the right chord with the parents and children. She was friendly and personable, willing to chat to people. Thanks very much for organising."

– Phil Soutar, Headmaster, Rosemead Preparatory School

“Donna was fantastic yesterday. She was excellent with both the children and the parents and really made the day special for them.”

– Rowdown Primary School​

“Donna was amazing - best one we have ever had. She was so lovely - got stuck in with the girls and also ran against them. Awesome. She spoke brilliantly. Loved having her, so thank you!!”

– Burgess Hill High School​

“Donna Fraser was brilliant. She made a fantastic contribution to our event with a really interesting account of her trials and tribulations in competitive athletics. Pupils were really inspired by her story and she delivered an important message to the young people about preparation and self belief.

Donna provided excellent communication prior to the event and undertook the role with great professionalism. She was extremely friendly and approachable and very willing to take part in a variety of roles on the day. She gave an inspiring presentation to the audience, posed for numerous photographs, led a Q&A session with smaller groups and finally spent time signing autographs.

I have received very positive feedback from staff, pupils and invited guests from district and county councils who thoroughly enjoyed the event.”

– Hilary Farmiloe, Partnership Development Manager​

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