Sally Gunnell, the only sportswoman to hold four major track titles, shares some words of wisdom...

PUBLISHED: 15:16 05 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:03 20 February 2013

Sally Gunnell OBE

Sally Gunnell OBE

The only woman in history to hold all four major track titles concurently talks to us about shoes, sins and the stereophonics...

Live life to the full. I think Ernest Hemingway originally said this, or something very similar.
Life is what you make it!
There's no such word as can't! My coach from when I was competing and mum used to say this to me.
If you don't ask, you don't get: quoted by mums all over the world!
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Lots of people say this, and more people should do it. It certainly helped me.
If you don't help yourself, no one else can help you. Another great quote from mothers!
Be sure your sins will find you out. (A quote from my childhood).
What goes around comes around.
You only get out what you put in. (Again my coach).
A girl can never have too many shoes! Actually I tend to extend that to clothes and handbags, too ...

What one item can't you do without, and why?
My iPhone. It gives me great flexibility in managing my life day to day. Looking back, I don't know how my husband (he has one, too) and I managed without it!

What was the last thing you bought?
A dress. Summer's nearly here and I like to do my bit to encourage it along!

What was the last book you read?
Dead Man's Footsteps, by Peter James.

If you could only listen to one album again, which would it be?
Just Enough Education to Perform, by Stereophonics.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
A singer!

What is your proudest achievement?
Winning the 400m hurdles at the Barcelona Olympics
in 1992.

Sally's unique place in history...
The only woman in history to hold all four major track titles concurrently - Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth, Sally Gunnell is a mother of three, motivational speaker and a champion of family health and fitness.

One of Britain's most popular sportswomen, Sally is passionate about the work/life balance and lives in Steyning at Charlton Court, an estate with restored buildings providing rustic and peaceful conference facilities.
Sally has made the shift from the world of sport to the world of business, her aim being to position flexible working as a win-win for both employees and employers. Learn more about her work at

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