Penny Heyns

Penny Heyns | Olympic Champion

  • Johannesburg, SA

About:  Penny Heyns | Olympic Champion

Penny Heyns as an international speaker and 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.

2006 saw Penny Heyns 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, Penny Heyns became the first non-track & female athlete to be inducted into the Africa Sports Hall of Fame.

Penny Heyns | Olympic Champion

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 Penny Heyns 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.

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  • Motivational
  • Empowerment
  • Female
  • Inspiration
  • Sporting Legends
  • Schools

Race | Gender

  • Caucasian
  • Female


Keynote Topics

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 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.

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Travels from: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


  • Motivational
  • Inspirational
  • Olympic Champion
  • Swimming Legend
  • College Speaker

Industry Specialities

  • Banking
  • SME
  • Finance
  • Retail
  • Insurance
  • C-Suite
  • Real Estate
  • Schools | Colleges
  • Healthcare
  • Woman's Day

Fee Range

  • Rate: $ 500 - 5,000

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