Retired British athlete and gold medal Olympian Derek Redmond, knows what it takes to be a world champion. An expert in overcoming adversity and reaching his peak performance, Derek is a motivational speaker of the highest quality. A specialist in teaching his audiences to set goals and build towards them, the benefits of teamwork and applying yourself, Derek's inspirational story will galvanise and energise any audience.
Derek’s semi-final at the Barcelona Olympics will be remembered as an eternally inspirational moment, as his father headed onto the track to help him cross the finishing line after a serious injury mid race. Lauded as NBC’s third top Olympic moment ever, and mentioned in a public speech by Barack Obama, Derek Redmond is a top motivational and after dinner speaker.
Dogged by serious injury from the start of his career, Derek’s remarkable achievements are internationally lauded, and his name has become synonymous with the ideals of hard graft and determination.
Aside from the athletics track, Derek has played basketball for England and professionally for Birmingham Bullets. He has coached and advised international athletes at Birchfield Harriers and has played competitive rugby union for Coventry RFC, Stow RFC, playing alongside the Will Carling, Brian Moore, Rory Underwood and Gavin Hastings in some high profile invitational games.
Derek is loved by TV and radio audiences and is recognised for commentating for Eurosport and appearing on a diverse range of shows including Noel's House Party, Celebrity Gladiators and Equinox. He also presented a prime time basketball show for ITV.
As Director of Development for Sprints and Hurdles at UK athletics, Derek has been allowed to identify talented young athletes, and to inspire them to commit to their discipline and provide them with the necessary facilities and support structure to enable them to progress from school level to junior international.
An adept motivational speaker, Derek can tell his own incredible story whilst teaching delegates lessons of team-building and goal-setting. Overcoming obstacles and triumphing over adversity, Derek is an inspiration to listen to.