Penny Heyns as an international speaker, Penny Heyns has established herself as the world’s greatest female breaststroker of the 20th century, by becoming the only woman in Olympic history to win both the 100 and the 200 meter breaststroke events in Atlanta 1996, bronze in Sydney 2000 and by breaking a total of 14 individual world records during her career.

She is the only breaststroker, female or male, in the history of swimming, to hold world records in all three possible distances; the 50 m, the 100 m & the 200 m. Book through Speakers Inc

2006 saw Penny become an inaugural inductee into the South African Sport Hall of Fame and in May of 2007

She joined the prestigious company of international icons such as Johnny Weissmuller, better known as the original Tarzan and Mark Spitz when she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, USA.

Most recently in 2012, she became the first non-track & female athlete to be inducted into the Africa Sports Hall of Fame.

Her experiences, both whilst training internationally in the US and in Canada with some of the most successful athletes in those respective countries and whilst competing on the forefront of international competition, has given Penny unparalleled insights into what it takes to get to the top, and more importantly, what it takes to stay there.

Not only has she widely addressed South African audiences, but she has spoken internationally as far abroad as the USA, Canada, Australia, Sri-Lanka, Dubai and our neighbouring African countries such as Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.

For all people, regardless of race, creed, colour, age or gender, Penny brings a dynamic and powerful message of hope, inspiration and upliftment which empowers people to take control of their lives, realize their untapped potential and to fulfil their material and spiritual journey.

‘Swim Your Own Race’ – swimming is an individual and very often, lonely sport. Much like life, it requires certain key elements in order to attain success – elements such as sacrifice, perseverance and single-minded focus.

This presentation will shed light on what it takes to make it to the top of one of the world’s toughest sporting disciplines, how to stay there and how those same principles relate and apply to business and life in general.

It will inspire the listener to believe in his or her own potential, show them how to turn disappointment into victory and most importantly, how to live a life in pursuit of personal excellence.

Penny Heyns – Motivational Speaker also offers a high impact workshop called Mental Power to inspire individuals and to empower people to discover their potential, find their purpose and to learn how to think like an Olympic Champion! 

Better self-understanding
Accurately understand their unique neurological design and how it will influence their ability to out-think, out-learn and out-create their competition.
More clarity on individual purpose.
Motivated to pursue their life’s purpose.
Identify how they are smart.
Identify unique potential.
Program minds for increased success.
Identifying and replacing mind sets that may be limiting future success.
Applying 8 mind sets of champions for successful living.
Living a more positive and constructive life by improving self-motivation.

Penny Heyns

Dear Penny Just to say thank you very much for the clinic. both Shona and I came away with a lot to think about and put into action. She was probably the youngest there at 9, all she wanted was to get in the pool and swim! The main thing is that she came home really inspired, she wrote down her goals. I am busy reading your book Penny, and finding it very interesting

Posted By: Madeleine Graham

Dear Penny & Zelda Thank-you, the kids are so motivated at training and excited about their upcoming meets. Muscles are aching this week as drills are being approached with specific focus and effort – I have never seen my kids approach their stroke drills in this way EVER … it’s really exciting. Thank-you for sharing your knowledge and passion with us, and we look forward to having you back on the South Coast. I have attached the media you generated this week for your interest. Kind Regards, Cheree Dufner Margate Swimming Club

Posted By: Cheree Dufner

Penny thanks for an amazing clinic. I truly learnt a lot. My dream is to swim in the Olympics and you have truly inspired me! Julia – swimmer

Posted By: Julia (swimmer)

Zelda and Penny I would like to thank you so much for a brilliant weekend. After coaching for 20 odd years one becomes immune to the sport and loses focus at times. I have learnt this weekend (or remembered) what motivation is all about. Besides all the great info there is one thing I have come to the conclusion about (your motivational talk) is that what I am doing is the talent that God has given me. This weekend has inspired me to be even better at coaching. Thank you once again Lynette (Marcus’ coach)

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Travels from: South Africa

Speaking Fee: $5,000 (ZAR30,000)