Tracey has an extraordinary story that first headlined in 1999 and has continuously featured in the media ever since; and perhaps it's notable that some celebrities don't even have that kind of coverage or longevity. However, there is far more to Tracey than ‘the story.'
When Tracey's beloved Mum, Nana and Great-grandma all tragically died from ovarian cancer in their early 50's, Tracey was left wondering, not if she would be next, but when; and then came the devastating news confirming her worst fears, that she had in fact, tested positive for a faulty gene known as BRCA1. This meant that she had up to an 85% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and a 60% lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer. With a little boy to think about, Tracey made the unimaginable and agonising choice to have perfectly healthy parts of her body amputated the very parts that defined her as a woman – purely as prevention.
With her perspective now changed, Tracey realised that she wanted to grab life by the horns and live a life on and with, purpose. She knew without doubt, that she didn't merely want an existence and simply just to survive but she wanted to thrive, which she believes is everyone's birthright.
This is only a small extract of Tracey's story; she has also overcome many other challenges in life and has developed an indomitable spirit with a core of steel, alongside high levels of resilience which she says isn't exclusive to her, but is within everybody.
Tracey has a diverse and extensive list of credentials:
She is a former Co-Director of a family owned and run business in the leisure industry which included a 9-hole golf course, bar/function room, and seven 5-a-side soccer pitches; she managed the company and led the staff team on a day-to-day basis alongside her dad and brother, until her dad's untimely death whereupon the business had to be sold. Prior to that, she spent many years employed as a PA, working in a variety of industries; which included Accountants, Solicitors and the Church of England.
To add to that list, she is also a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and has lectured on the subject, is an Athlete and has been a single mum for 14 years which she says automatically qualifies her for the SAS and not to mention, the ability to run the country, although she wouldn't have it any other way! She says that running a home is just like running a business – it has to be done in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.
Whilst the credentials are important, and tell you what Tracey has done and qualified in, they don't tell you that as a person she's soared to tremendous heights and plummeted to rock bottom after suffering soul-ripping tragedy. Despite her positivity and nickname amongst her friends (the polite ones at least), of Little Miss Dynamite and Pocket Rocket, Tracey is honest enough to say that she doesn't necessarily bounce like Tigger out of bed every day of the week and she has been fired more than once!
Tracey is a sought after Inspirational Speaker, with a vast wealth of life, work, business and sport experience rarely found in a speaker, and she is one who can truly combine them.
As a person, Tracey completely walks the talk, meaning that she speaks authentically and from the heart, which resonates with all audiences, ages and genders.
We are told from feedback that Tracey's gift lies in her ability to captivate, connect with, and hold her audience and that she is very approachable and down to earth. She prides herself on being the same person that you see both on and off stage.
Tracey's keynote, 'Your Mindset for Success' covers the importance of a 'can-do' attitude, empowerment, courage, strength, overcoming, choices, self-limiting beliefs, never giving up and hope.
She also runs regular workshops - 'How to Programme Your Mindset for Success.'
Delegates will learn how to develop resilience, focus and determination against any seemingly insurmountable odds, and will leave feeling inspired and empowered. Tracey will add value to any organisation.
Tracey's presentations are tailored for the audience and she will take the time for getting to know and fully understand the requirements of your organisation. Once she is booked for your event, Tracey will arrive and stay throughout the duration of the engagement, acquainting herself with and speaking to delegates.
Amongst the numerous clients for whom Tracey has been entrusted to speak are: RBS, Cheshire Constabulary, Bradford College, Leeds West Academy (Citizenship Theme Day), Samaritans Conference, Yorkshire Women of Achievement, Northern Bishops' PA's Conference, Cancer Research UK, Just Teachers (Staff Away Day).
Tracey also speaks personally and authoritatively on a number of other topics including Stress Management, Bullying, Exam Stress, Sport/Health/Fitness as well as Loss and Grief.
Tracey's dulcet Yorkshire tones can frequently be heard across the BBC Radio Leeds airwaves. As a regularly invited guest, she has been interviewed for Liz Green's One on One show, the equivalent of those old enough to remember Desert Island Discs! Since then, and for the past six years, she is part of a panel requested to give their viewpoint and opinions on a variation of stories caught in the media on that particular week.
On New Year's Day 2014, she was invited in to the studios to co-host an hour long special programme, 'New Year, New You.'
However, Tracey doesn't have exclusivity to BBC Radio Leeds; she has also appeared in interviews for The Pulse of West Yorkshire, Heart (formerly Real Radio), Minster FM, BBC Radio York, Radio Aire and has taken part in Political debates on BBC Radio 5 Live.
In 2009 she featured on the BBC's Inside Out programme who documented her powerful story and body-building journey (see media tab).
With so many newspaper, TV and radio interviews under her belt, Tracey is therefore extremely media savvy and has a high level of communication and people skills, all of which transfer in to her presentations and add to her resume of expert by experience.
CHARITY WORK AND FUNDRAISING
Tracey is an ambassador for Cancer Research UK and since 2002 has raised genetic awareness by speaking at their many events, including Press Conferences, black tie dinners, as well as featuring on TV, radio and newspapers on their behalf. She also raises money through sponsorship and has taken part in a number of physical endurance activities.
Tracey is writing a soon to be published Autobiography entitled 'IAMICANIWILL-Rock Bottom to Pocket Rocket'.