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Derek Redmond

Derek Redmond

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Are you looking for one of the most inspirational athletics speakers to give your corporate event a boost? If so, Derek Redmond is the only choice you should be making. There are not many athletes out there whose personal story has been used in a speech by President Barack Obama, but Derek’s story transcended sport in such a way that it was once called upon by the former USA leader during a White House speech.

A former British sprinter, Derek showed his talent from an early age, breaking the British 400m record as a 20-year-old in 1985. At the peak of his career, Derek won gold at both the European Championships and World Championships in the 4X400m relay event, and ahead of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona expectations were high.

But, sadly, it wasn’t to be and during 400 metres semi-final, tragedy struck as he tore his hamstring. With his Olympic hopes dashed and finding himself in immense agony, he’d have been forgiven for giving in. However, quitting is never an option for Derek and he was determined to at least finish the race. As he hobbled around the track, he was joined by his father, Jim, who helped carry him over the finish line in what has become one of the most iconic images in Olympic history. Since this moment, the image of Derek and his father has been used as an example of the Olympic spirit and the beauty of humanity with many television advertising campaigns and Olympic promotions using the footage.

As one of the most popular athletics speakers around Derek can discuss what it was like to involuntarily become part of Olympic folklore, the mix of emotions he was feeling at the time and how he’s since learned to bounce back from these setbacks in life and come back stronger.

Since retiring from sports Derek spends much of his time working as a motivational speaker, using his experiences and life lessons from the world of sport to help people succeed in their own lives.

To book Derek as an athletics speaker for your next event, contact Evolve today. Either give us a call or send us an email and a member of our team will be happy to help.

Topics and Themes

  • Determination
  • Olympics
  • Diversity
  • Sporting Success
  • Motivational
  • Teamwork

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