Testimonials

Stephen Holroyd, Principal, Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok

Andy has worked at Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok for two years now and has proven to be an inspiration to students, parents and teachers alike.

His track record in international sport speaks to his determination, motivation and skill set but he is also able to convey his life journey in a fascinating and challenging way.

Andy has opened the eyes of the Shrewsbury community to issues of discrimination and I warmly and wholehearted recommend his life’s work and example to fellow Heads and Executive Committees.

 

Paul Rotheram, Director of Sports and Activities, Shrewsbury International School

Andy Watson, CEO, Ageas UK

Natalie Cramp, Programme Director, Team London

Andy Barrow joined us at City Hall with a room full of teachers to discuss the power of volunteering. Andy opened the event, and as he painted a picture for the audience, you could have heard a pin drop. Andy captured everyone’s attention as he talked about the hundreds of volunteers who had supported him as a Paralympian but then brought it right back to that first volunteer who supported him after his accident and what that individual’s support had meant to him. He managed to capture so beautifully the positive impact that giving your time can have on someone else, he definitely inspired many to sign-up to get started. Aside from the speech, Andy was so personable, friendly, easy going and genuinely passionate about supporting young people, it was a pleasure to have him with us for the afternoon.

Gill Hopkins, Brooklands College

Andy’s talk was inspirational in every way and it was obvious that he had prepared well for his visit because his speech was pitched at exactly the right level for our students.

Andy talked about his determination to succeed and identified the key behaviours to this success, such as good teamwork, respect for others, dedication and hard work. He emphasised how important these behaviours were in everyday life so that the students could identify with this and see the relevance in their own lives.

Andy’s speech was interesting and informative and the students were very engaged. I would thoroughly recommend Andy as a motivational speaker.

Beverley Neal, Learning Mentor, Thamesview School, Gravesend, Kent

Thank you, Andy, for truly inspiring our year 7 students with your motivational speech. It was a joy to see how engrossed they were in your words, which both moved and uplifted all who listened. Whilst it was necessary for you to relate your personal story, it was done with sensitivity; it enabled the students to understand how it is possible, with hard work and determination, to overcome adversity and achieve your dream

Lyn Nicholls, Ageas

Ron Roser, Host, Muesli Mafia

Andy Barrow is not a man to avoid a challenge and relished an opportunity to address an audience of nearly 80 hard-bitten business leaders at a Muesli Mafia event in Bromley.  The entire audience was captivated by his story and his fluent delivery. Not only an elite, world-class athlete, Andy is also an elite and inspiring speaker.

Charles Dormer, Emmanuel College, Hertfordshire

Andy delivered a captivating speech to our students and their parents at our school’s sports awards evening. He told a compelling tale which encouraged students to love sport, better understand and respect differently abled people, face adversity with resilience of character, and grasp life’s opportunity. Andy’s speech was delivered simply and clearly, with a down-to-earth approach which wholly charmed us.

As a Guest of Honour, he was patient, helpful, friendly and tireless in shaking the hands of endless lines of children of all ages and sizes as he awarded them medals and posed for photographs with each group.

Andy Barrow is approachable, flexible, focused, completely credible, and most inspiring. I hope that you will make use of Andy and his life experiences to motivate your audiences.

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