Derek Redmond

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About Derek Redmond...

Derek Redmond is a former record-breaking British sprinter and professional basketball player turned motivational speaker, performance coach, mentor, and bestselling author. Throughout his impressive athletic career, Derek won gold medals at the Stuttgart European Championships as well as at the Tokyo World Championships.

The 1992 Olympic games were when Derek’s career changed forever. With a promising start to the competition, he was setting some of the fastest times in the final stages until he reached the semi-finals. Derek’s hamstring tore only 250 metres from the finish line, shattering his athletic aspirations. However, this didn’t stop the record-breaking athlete from limping to the finish line. 

Continuing with the race, Derek’s dad ran onto to the track to pick him up and carry him to the end, pushing him past the finish line as the 65,000 spectators in the stadium gave the pair a standing ovation. This became one of the most well remembered moments in the Olympics’ long history. The moment was voted one of the all-time most inspiring moments in the game’s history. This saw Derek become a beacon of hope in the face of failure, inspiring millions around the globe.

Two years after his devastating injury, Derek was told by his surgeon that he would never be able to run again or represent his country. However, this didn’t stop Derek as he went on to play one of his favourite sports, basketball, professionally for the Birmingham Bullets.

Since then, Derek has not shied away from the public eye. Commentating for the likes of BBC and Eurosport as well as releasing a bestselling book called “Sport is a Business; Business is a Sport”. In addition to this, Derek has also taken upon various presenting roles for television companies such as ITV.

Derek has also become an incredible motivational speaker. Having spoken to over one million people at more than 2000 events spanning across 30 different countries, Derek is a force to be reckoned with. Speaking on topics such as diversity and inclusion, dealing with change, resilience and high-performance teams, Derek spreads motivation and inspiration to all. 

Derek’s incredible story has inspired millions around the world, making him a great influencer to promote your brand. 

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