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Summary Profile

As an international swimmer, Penny Heyns 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 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, male or female, in the history of swimming, to hold world records in all three possible distances, the 50m, 100m & 200m events.

2006 saw Penny become an inaugural inductee into the South African Sport Hall of Fame and in May 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, Florida –USA.Most recently, in March 2012, she became the first non-track & field female athlete to be inducted into the Africa Sports Hall of Fame.

Her experiences, both while training internationally in the US and Canada with some of the most successful athletes in those respective countries, and while competing at the forefront of international competition, have given her unparalleled insights into what it takes to get to the top, and more importantly, how to stay there.

Not only has Penny widely addressed South African audiences but has spoken internationally as far abroad as the USA, Canada, Australia, Sri-Lanka, Dubai, as well as in neighbouring African countries like Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.

For all people, regardless of race, creed, colour, age or gender, Penny brings a dynamic, powerful message of hope, inspiration and upliftment which empowers people to take control of their lives, realize their untapped potential and fulfil their material and spiritual destiny. 

Mark Twain once said: “It takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” While even the most gifted presenter has to work at it, some are naturals at the podium, quickly capturing the crowd’s attention and leaving a lasting impression on every listener. Penny is one such speaker!



SWIM YOUR OWN RACE Swimming is an individual and often very 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 worlds 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 you how to turn disappointment into victory and most importantly, live a life in pursuit of personal excellence.



Should you have specific requirements Penny can customise her presentations to meet the exact needs of your 

delegates / group


Rave Reviews

Penny was awesome. Her talk was applicable to the audience. She was witty, captured the audience and received a standing ovation. A speaker worth recommending.  Thanks.

Aidan Hillebrand, Bryanston High School

Thank you Penny…Everyone was super impressed with your talk’ 

Lindsay Ralphs.     - CEO Bidvest SA.

‘We’ve had many speakers over the years and you rank among the top’.

Brian Joffe  -  CEO Bidvest Corporate

It was an incredible talk that you gave us on Monday and everyone couldn’t stop talking about it. The conference was a big success and your contribution made it really special on Sunday and Monday.  You really impressed Brian!

Laura Pfeiffer - Bidvest South Africa

I have received many e-mails and telephone calls. Overall we had a 90% excellent rating for your talk and the event. Well done again!

Mala Suriah – Telkom Business

Thank you for the amazing talk at our conference.  Interesting and inspiring! Be blessed and thank you for your impact on my life!

Yolind Strydom - The Bidvest Group Ltd

Thank you for your immensely inspiring presentation of your journey to success. Your presentation was inspirational on a deeply personal note which resonated with each and every delegate. Your grace, poise and passion were refreshing and appreciated.

Jane Russill - Bidvest Foodservice

Her presentation is articulate, balanced and inspirational. In particular her responses to questions from the audience were relevant; well considered and sincere. Overall a 5 star performance!!  


Penny Heyns


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