A World and European relay championBiography:
Derek Redmond is One of Britain’s most famous athletes. He has broken the British 400m record on two occasions. A key member of the relay squad that won gold at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, he competed at the highest level for over a decade. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Redmond tore his hamstring in the 400m semi-final but continued limping and, with the help of his father, managed to complete a full lap of the track as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
Although Redmond was disqualified and listed as "Did Not Finish" due to the outside assistance he received to finish the race, the incident has become a memorable moment in Olympic history, being the subject of one of the International Olympic Committee's "Celebrate Humanity" videos, used by Visa to illustrate the Olympic spirit and featured in Nike's "Courage" ads in 2008. Two years after the Olympics in Barcelona, he was told by a surgeon that he would never run again or represent his country in sport. However, after coming to terms with the loss of athletics as a career, he began to turn his attention, with the encouragement of his father, to other sports that he enjoyed.
He went on to play professional basketball for the Birmingham Bullets and the England national team. Redmond formerly served as Director of Development for sprints and hurdles for UK Athletics. In 1994, Redmond won Celebrity Gladiators, and during the third series of Gladiators (1994), he served as "Official Timekeeper" to Referee John Anderson. Redmond has also served as a commentator for Eurosport, and presented a basketball show on ITV.The speaker talks about:
With an extensive background in achieving and maintaining peak performance, and the unique perspective gained through his experience of injury at the 1992 Olympic Games, Derek Redmond is a truly inspirational figure, able to use his own story to demonstrate successful strategies and techniques that teams and individuals can use to improve the effectiveness of their organisation.Keynote Speaker Programs:
- Motivation & Inspiration
- High-Performance Teams
- Dealing with Change
- Diversity & Inclusion