With 2021 well and truly underway, we wanted to highlight the achievements of a popular current speaker, Mr Motivator. Since bursting onto our screens in 1993 and returning during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, he continues to promote the power of physical fitness at corporate events and conferences.
Mr Motivator is the perfect fitness coach and public speaker for corporate events, as his lively personality and infectious zest for life empowers audiences. Equipped with his signature bright spandex outfit, your guests will be transported back to the GMTV fitness segments of the 1990s.
Mr Motivator Can Be Booked For…
Corporate fitness classes
Public speaking engagements
Live dance classes
In November 2020, Mr Motivator led a virtual workout for The Very Group. He harnessed the power of physical fitness to improve the employees' mental health and wellbeing, and encourage stronger interpersonal connections through virtual teambuilding exercises.
Mr Motivator also filmed a special video for Gala Bingo, where he announced his upcoming appearance in the Main Event room. Promising "fun games" and "amazing prizes", guests can expect to "shake off those January blues" on the 21st of January. See the Gala Bingo website for more information.
Who is Mr Motivator?
Formerly known as Derrick Evans, Mr Motivator has been a staple of our screens since 1993. From his on-screen appearances to his fitness DVDs, he has had a resounding impact on the British public, leading to better fitness and mental health.
With millions of DVD sales and a hit GMTV show to his name, Derrick shaped the British fitness industry as we know it. Hired by ITV in 1993, audiences instantly gravitated towards his high-energy routines and infectious passion for life. With his signature catchphrase, “say yeah!”, viewers couldn’t help but get up off their sofas and join in with his workouts.
Tackling Racial Discrimination
After emigrating to Leicester aged 10, he instantly felt like the “other”, and described how White people would stare at him in the streets. Despite this, Derrick also described Leicester as a melting pot of cultures, and noted that his move to London further exemplified the racism that defined Britain in the 70s and 80s.
Even with his obvious talent, Derrick applied for his role on GMTV several times before he was finally hired. He credits this to racial discrimination: “every time I went to the studios, the guys would say, ‘look, for a white lady with two kids, a Black guy on TV would never work’. But I kept on persevering”.
Derrick played a vital role in increasing representation for Black television stars, highlighting the discriminative hiring process that favoured White celebrities. He is a vocal supporter of racial equality, especially on our screens, and believes that everyone, “regardless of race”, should have equal opportunities to follow their goals.
Return for Lockdown 1.0
In 2020, Derrick returned to our screens for a lockdown special. In his own words: “now more than ever it is important to keep our bodies and minds healthy. Everybody say yeah, let's get happy and be wicked at home”.
Determined to “keep Britain fit during lockdown”, he joined the presenters on HealthCheck UK Live to perform a special pandemic-themed workout. Derrick wanted to lighten the nation’s mood, with his hilarious take on our new normal he encouraged viewers to “walk the dog”, “drink tea” and, of course, “move your hips”!
The broadcast was a resounding success, and led Derrick to join Ideal World Live for AgeUK, and even receive an MBE for his lifelong service.
Champions does not speak for or claim to represent all the individuals listed on this website as the exclusive booking agent or agency unless specifically stated. Acts listed on this site are for informational purposes only.