Gianni Frankis is a former GB International in the 110m hurdles. His career started at Basildon Athletics Club when he was 14 years old after teachers at his school discovered he had a talent in the sprint hurdles. After leaving school and meeting his current coach, Tony Jarrett, he rose quickly through the ranks breaking British junior records and winning medals at World and European junior levels. At 19, he went on to the funding programs led by the governing body and first represented at senior level in 2009 world championships in Berlin. In an injury littered career spanning 10 years, Gianni competed in many international competitions and was one of the leading British hurdlers throughout.
Gianni believes it is important to share his knowledge, experiences and expertise attained in his career and is an experienced speaker of all ages whether it be at schools, sports clubs, colleges/universities, businesses and others.
Gianni is also active in the political sphere appearing on many panel discussions and events. He draws on his experiences as a professional athlete to motivate, inspire and educate.
“Gianni came into Palmers College and delivered an interesting talk on the athletes lifestyle, nutrition and the junior to senior transition. Our students were fully engaged and intrigued in what Gianni had to say. Gianni’s talk provided information to our students that could prove useful for future assignments and it was also great for them to hear from an professional athlete. Gianni delivered the talk with real confidence and we would happily invite Gianni back to produce further talks for our students in the near future”
“Without any doubt the most important impact has been on the children and the excitement and enthusiasm it has given them. Whether they were sporty children or not, everyone enjoyed it and had a huge smile on their face for the rest of the day.”
“Thank you for the great job you did for us at The King John School Prize Giving evening. I’m so glad we asked you to help present the awards, as the students enjoyed your motivational speech and it was lovely to see you liaising with the parents and students afterwards too. The advice you gave them on having to learn from mistakes they make, and to keep going even if things get tough, was great and a good analogy on what life often throws at us. It would be great to be able to work with you in future award evenings too”
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