About Abigail Irozuru


Abigail has been an athlete for over half of her life, first representing Great Britain as a junior in 2007 and on senior teams since 2009. Yet her Team GB Olympic debut came a decade after her first missed attempt (2012) at the postponed, Tokyo 2020ne Games!

Nothing could stop Abigail’s Olympic dream from becoming a reality – not injuries, surgeries, or even… retirement (?!).

Abigail’s story is one of perseverance and resilience.

If you’re trying to write your own comeback story, want to inspire and equip your teams to raise their game, or simply want a confidence-boost, get in touch with Abigail today.

As well as being one of Britain’s best female long-jumpers over the last fifteen years, she also shares insights from her study of NLP, CBT and Mindset Coaching to add an extra layer of impact to her talks and workshops.

Athletics Achievements

Senior Highlights

2021 Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Finalist

2020 British Indoor Champion

2019 British Champion

7th at IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha

7th at European Athletics Championships, Glasgow

2018 Return from Retirement: England Champion

2016 Retirement

2015 British Indoor Champion

2012 British Indoor Silver Medalist

2009 – First senior GB international vest

Junior Highlights

2008 Northern Indoor Champion

British U20 Champion

World Junior U20 Finalist (Top 8)

Commonwealth Youth Games Champion (India)

Sale Harriers Manchester, Darren Campbell annual award – Young Athlete of the Year Award

2007 British U20 Bronze Medalist

First international – Great Britain – World Youth Championships – Ostrava – 15th place

2006 English Schools Silver Medallist

British Schools Silver Medallist (England vest)


Provided motivation and inspiration to be successful. Fantastic speaker who produces results. Knows how to get over set backs and focus on goals.

Saeed, Director at Accountancy Place

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love the way Abigail shares her story and despite all she has been through remains positive and believes that ‘the best is yet to come’ . Truly inspirational!

Lavenia, First Secretary at Fiji High Commission

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Host of Define Your Success Podcast walks you through some tips and guidance for living with discipline, especially key when motivation wanes.
Practical achilles tendon recovery stretch and strengthening exercises following an achilles tendon rupture. This is one of many videos by Abigail.

Latest Blog Posts

How to develop ‘true resilience’ from the perspective of a world-class athlete

What is resilience? I always call it ‘the ability to bounce back from obstacles’. Then, during COVID, I realised resilience isn’t always about the bounce back. Sometimes it is about the climb or the crawl.  The MLK quote – “If you can’t fly then run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl;…

This is a catastrophe! Or is it…?

Who else is someone who, in general, catastrophises? For instance, you have a bad competition opener and immediately your thoughts spiral into how this will be your worst season ever and maybe it’s time to throw in the towel and I’m clearly hanging on too long and oh dear, what if I never jump far…

Transforming Lives

Abigail is an Olympic athlete, speaker, coach and woman of faith.

She’s passionate about people living holistically-healthy and happy lives – herself included.

This means sharing her whole self in the most authentic, wholehearted and loving way she can for her own growth – through the highs and lows of life (think post-traumatic growth) – and equipping and inspiring others to do the same.

Everyday is an opportunity to live a transformed life.

You can be encouraged and equipped by following her blogs, subscribing to her mailing list or – for more direct support – enquire about 1-2-1 or group coaching. Initial coaching consultations are free.