Sir Steve Redgrave has proved himself to be the greatest Olympian Britain has ever produced. After striking gold in Atlanta - Britain's solitary victory of the games - he became the only British athlete ever (and one of only five sportsmen worldwide) who has won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic games. Gold in the Coxed fours in Los Angeles in 1984, gold in the Coxless pairs in Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000).

Now established as the most outstanding rower of all time, he has announced that he has decided to carry on competing and to maintain his association with sport at the highest level as a standard bearer for British Olympic aspirants through to the Millennium Games in Sydney.Steven Redgrave was awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List in 1986, and the CBE in the New Year's Honours List of 1997. The Queen of England has since knighted him.

Since retiring from competitive sport, Steve hasn't broken the habit of exceeding his targets. The Steve Redgrave Fund forged its way beyond the £5million target that Steve set when launching the charity in 2001 and that total has continued to build since joining forces with Sport Relief. In 2012, Redgrave rowed on the Gloriana as part of the royal pageant for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. That same year he was one of the final torchbearers for the Olympic Games of London, carrying the torch into the stadium. He is in great demand as a speaker at conferences and seminars on motivation and achievement, injecting his own style of friendly informality and humour to the occasion.