public speaking 

Joanna is an accomplished public speaker and speaks passionately about her career, the setbacks she has faced and hows she has overcome them. She can focus her talk around sporting themes as well as around the more personal topic of alopecia and how she has overcome body confidence issues.

Working with the BBC in Rio after she finished racing, Joanna received great praise via social media from many people enjoying her warming presence on camera and insight into the racing mindset.


Joanna can tailor her talk to the audience as necessary and can speak passionately on the following topics:


  • What it takes to win

  • Overcoming adversity

  • Dealing with nerves and pressure

  • Team work

  • Body confidence

  • Marginal gains

"Joanna gave a motivating and inspiring speech to our staff with her story of overcoming challenges. Joanna attracted over 200 people to our event, with 250 people also streaming live online. She is a true professional and we would highly recommend her as a speaker." - SKY 

"Fantastic, jaw dropping and an absolute professional. We were over the moon and everybody had a great evening." - PiXL

“Joanna’s speech exceeded our expectations, it was fantastic!  She clearly listened to the brief and context around the brief when we had our introduction pre-Christmas as her content was brilliant and aligned to the brief perfectly. We received unanimous positive commentary from the audience. It also really helped that Joanna stayed at the end for photos and to answer individual questions.” - Adam Chapman, Head of Marketing, Lundbeck Ltd

"Joanna spoke eloquently and from the heart to the girls at both assembly and A-Level Prize Giving. We are all very proud of her achievements, fighting spirit and generosity of time and commitment to the school" - Amy Cavilla, Headmistress, Nonsuch High School for Girls

"A tremendous story of perseverance, overcoming setbacks and the importance of self belief." - Brian Lightman, Education leadership specialist 

"Joanna was a superb host and really lit the event up" - Manchester City Council

Joanna Rowsell Shand, Manchester City Council, Awards host
Joanna Rowsell Shand, Club la Santa