Derek Redmond

Motivational and Inspirational Speaker

Derek draws on his vast experiences as an international sportsman to provide a fascinating and inspirational platform for his motivational speeches. In telling his story, Derek takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, but also explains the secrets of his success - both as an individual and within a team.

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Derek started his career at the age of 7 when he was a member of the Milton Keynes Athletic Club. He quickly rose through the ranks and came to local prominence as County Champion and record holder in the 400m sprint.

European junior finalist and top GB competitor in 1984, Derek went on to break the British record in the 400m for the first time 1985 with a time of 44.82 seconds, beating the 10-year-old mark set by David Jenkins. He later reclaimed that record from Roger Black in 44.5 seconds in 1987. Derek held the record until it was broken in 1992 by just 0.03 100's of a second.

He was the Commonwealth & European Champion in 4x400m Relay in 1986, World silver medallist in 1987, and World Gold Medallist in the 4x400m Relay in 1991 (setting yet another British European and Commonwealth record and also running the second fastest time ever recorded for the 4x400m).

Derek's achievements were all the more remarkable because his career was dogged by serious injury. In fact no less than 13 operations on his achilles tendons and knees forced him to pull out of many major competitions. He is regarded in sporting circles as an extraordinary talent who was never given the opportunity to show what he was really capable of.

Derek, along with his father will be forever remembered for the semi-finals of the Olympic Games in Barcelona where he hobbled the last 250 metres after a serious hamstring injury mid race. The footage has become one of the most enduring sporting images of modern times.

Away from the athletics track Derek has played basketball for England and professionally for Birmingham Bullets. He coaches and advises international athletes at Birchfield Harriers and has played competitive rugby union for Coventry RFC, Stow RFC and has even played alongside the likes of Will Carling, Brian Moore, Rory Underwood and Gavin Hastings in a number of highly publicised invitational games.

Derek has been a regular on television and radio, including commentating for Eurosport and appearances on programmes as diverse as Noel's House Party and Equinox. He also presented a prime time basketball show for ITV.

Derek draws on his vast experiences as an international sportsman to provide a fascinating and inspirational platform for his motivational speeches. In telling his story, Derek takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, but also explains the secrets of his success - both as an individual and within a team.

A Derek Redmond presentation provides the keys to team building, goal setting, application, overcoming obstacles, and performance. It also involves a tape measure and a Rubik's Cube!

“Derek's presentation was perfectly balanced and professionally delivered, with exactly the right amount of humour. It was packed with all the elements we wanted to make this event a huge success for our team of over 400, and everyone left on a tremendous 'high'. He was inspirational, motivational and relevant, especially as his own experiences can be so closely aligned with those we experience in business. A consummate professional and a delight to work with.”
- IBM

“I want to say a huge thank-you to you for doing such a great job at our meeting last week. The feedback that we have had from the day has been excellent - thank-you for your part in this. Everyone found your message incredibly clear, hugely inspirational and your style relaxed and great fun. It provided an excellent "umbrella" for us to build our day's activities under.” - Pharmacia

“The audience were fixated and in awe of his achievements-they all wanted to shake his hand, many saying he was the best speaker they had ever heard - he really capped off our day on a high.” - Kodak

“Your presentation was spot on and could not have been better prepared or made more relevant. I would like to thank you again for the time you took in getting to understand our part of BAe and the priorities for our team and the objectives of the event. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.” - BAe

“We have received excellent feedback from our staff who were inspired, motivated and enthused by your presentation. Thank you for making our event an undoubted success.” - Lloyds TSB

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