Now retired from competitive athletics and focusing on being a full-time motivational speaker, Derek Redmond was one of Britain’s most talentedand celebrated 400m sprinters of the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately for Redmond, his career was plagued by injury, but this didn’t stop him winning numerous gold medals. Now a well-known and inspiring keynote speaker and media personality, Redmond is known to speak about the perseverance, drive and determination and peak performance.
Redmond’s started breaking records when he claimed the British 400m record in 1985, a feat he repeated by reclaiming the record two years later. Derek experienced his first taste of international success when he was a part of the gold-medal winning men’s 4 x 400m relay team at the 1986 European Athletics Championships in Stuttgart. The British team, with Redmond a key member, then went on to win a silver medal at the 1987 World Athletics Championships in Rome.
Redmond had to pull out of the 1988 Olympic Games just 90 seconds before his heat was due to start. Due to this and a series of other recurring injuries, Redmond never truly managed to fulfil his potential and was forced to retire at an early age. However, this was not before he made a huge mark in history with two of the most famous sporting achievements of the early 1990s.
Redmond formed part of the most successful British 4 x 400m teams in history and entering the 1991 Tokyo World Athletics Championships the British and American teams were very evenly matched. With Roger Black on the opening leg, Redmond second and John Regis third, it was down to Kris Akabisu, a 400m hurdler to overhaul the more favoured Antonio Pettigrew on the anchor leg. The Brits won by the smallest of margins and their run remains the second fastest 4 x 400m in history.
Derek is most well-known for his remarkable efforts at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Having qualified for the semi-finals as a firm medal favourite, he famously tore his hamstring at the 250m mark. Knowing he had no chance of reaching the final, Redmond nevertheless showed tremendous grit and determination by hobbling down the back straight and around the final bend. In a moment that has been voted one of the all-time most inspiring moments in Olympic Games history, Derek’s father famously came to his aide and the pair finished the race together, shoulder-to-shoulder, with Derek visibly in tears having realised his dreams had been so dramatically shattered by yet another injury. Redmond was later disqualified from the race, but nevertheless became a symbol of hope, determination and dedication.
Since retiring, Redmond has worked as a pundit covering athletics for the likes of the BBC and Eurosport, and as inspiring and engaging keynote speaker. Sharing his remarkable stories with professionals around the world, Derek explains how he overcome adversity many times, dealing with numerous injury setbacks, and also the importance of persistence and determination.
To book Derek Redmond as the motivational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.
When he’s at corporate events, Derek is known to cover the following topics:
- Overcoming Adversity
- Drive and Determination
- Peak Performance
- Success Maximisation
- Olympic Speaker
- Sports Speaker
- Motivational & Inspiration
Watch Derek’s emotional Olympic story, here:
See what people had to say about Derek, when he appeared at their corporate events:
“It all went very well indeed and Derek was excellent!! Everybody I spoke to afterwards thought it was one of our very best dinners. Apart from his talk and Q&A Derek was excellent in getting round and chatting to people. Also, he gave an excellent boost to SportsAid.” – Chris – SportsAid
“Derek was an absolute pleasure to work with, highly professional both in the lead up and on his performance date. His talk was the perfect after dinner speech where he took audience on his personal journey from the heartache to the euphoria with lots of laughs down the way. Would highly recommend Derek as both motivational and after dinner speaker.” – Citywire
“I would like to thank you very sincerely for your contribution to our KAM Summit, Dubai. It was really uplifting, enlightening and inspiring. This was truly one of the key highlights of our event. Not only your ambition, passion and determination is commendable, but your true spirit of “inspiring people and changing mindsets: From world class to world’s best is highly regarded and appreciated, once again, thank you so much for your remarkable contribution” – Khaled, Johnson & Johnson
“Selecting Derek Redmond as the keynote speaker and host for our annual awards ceremony was an inspired choice. As well as recounting his own story of how a team of four changed the rulebook to pull of a famous victory against undefeated American opposition, he also challenged our staff to believe they could each do better, taking our business to greater heights. He is a man who clearly goes the extra mile as a norm. He had researched our company well so he could relate his own experiences to some of the challenges we face. And he handled the presentation of awards to our staff with charm and humour. If you have a company event and want to raise the bar, Derek can help you achieve a memorable and inspiring event.” – Phillip, London & Country Mortgages Ltd.
“My challenge from my newly appointed MD was clear – ‘A motivational speaker, preferably not an athlete! to talk about teamwork and achieving our targets’ The fact that we ended up with an athlete is only half the story as Derek is so much more than ‘just an athlete’. Derek’s session was truly inspirational and was without question the highlight of our Management Conference. Not only did he wow the audience with his achievements but also because he had taken the time to research our company he was able to make the link seamlessly between his experiences and the challenges we face as a business in a challenging market. Suffice to say Derek won over my MD with his hugely motivational session and also found time afterwards to talk informally to the group some more about how we can apply his approach to our day to day working lives. I would have no hesitation in recommending Derek to other organisations and will undoubtedly look to use his services again in the future.” – Simon, Commercial Director, Loomis UK
“I would like to say a personal thank you for the two excellent motivational speeches you delivered yesterday. We have had nothing but positive feedback. Everyone found it uplifting and will energise them all to think differently, and work better together” – Ian Harnett – Director of Purchasing, Jaguar Land Rover
“At Ladbrokes, we’re always looking Ladbrokes at ways we can work smarter, faster and more productively. In some motivational sessions, Derek, drawing on his amazing career as an athlete, showed us what it takes to embrace change and succeed. He’s also got particular insight into how by making just small changes in the way we do things we can have a big, positive impact. Thanks to Derek we’re putting these lessons into practice. A fantastic inspirational guy, a great storyteller and invaluable experience to share. I highly recommend him.” – Mark – CIO Ladbrokes.
“We had Derek as a guest speaker at our LV= Cup game against Northampton Saints. With a sell out in the stadium and a very busy suite, Derek had a lot of ears to keep engaged. As a Saints supporter he conducted the room well and kept everyone quiet with the friendly banter that he had to put up with being a supporter of the opposing team. Some clients had younger children who might not have known who he was but the queue to get his autograph after the speaking slot took longer that the speaking slot but he accommodated them well and was extremely kind. He was an inspiration and all of our corporate members loved him.” – Emily – Leicester Tigers
“Derek was an inspiration over the 3 days, I have never seen so many people in one room engaged when Derek was speaking. Everyone who attended the conference are still talking about him today.The speech was a great climax to the conference, please pass on our thanks. We would recommend Derek to any organisation looking for a motivational speaker, even after watching him every day for 3 days, I still enjoyed the speech as much each time.” – Carol – Tunstall Healthcare (UK) Ltd
“Derek was blooming amazing! Clearly, he is a very natural speaker/story-teller, and had me and everyone in the room totally engrossed. He worked in the business messages brilliantly with his own story, and how he did that when it involves reliving the worst moments of your career. Quite honestly: he was just superb. I am so happy with the way yesterday’s Learning Bites went, initial feedback has been positive (with a lot of ‘how did you find him….’ messages). Thanks once again.” – Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
“Many thanks again for attending the Awards Dinner on Saturday. Your presence, inspiration and humour certainly made the evening very special indeed. There has been a lot of positivity from everyone in attendance!” – CEO – Scottish Athletics
“Derek provided some valuable insights into team building/leadership by expressing them in a sporting context. His delivery was professional, funny, honest and extremely engaging. Furthermore, whilst off the stage as well as on, he was very personable and endeared himself to everyone in the team.” – Lloyds Bank
“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 Systems
“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
“There has been nothing but compliments on how well the event was run. Mr Redmond went down extremely well and participated in the event himself – just that extra bit of motivation for the teams.” – Rothschild
“Derek was great. The talk was perfectly pitched and well received. We were more than pleased with him.” – CTC Kingshurst Academy
“Really Inspiring, Energetic, took us all back to 1992 again – hit the notes we needed to cover for our best conference yet – highly recommended and Very Motivational.”- Amanda, Audley Court LTD
“We were delighted with Derek Redmond’s contribution to our Prep School’s Speech and Sports Day last weekend. Derek presented the prizes to the children and then spoke about his time as an athlete and the injuries, setbacks, disappointments that he has endured. He was inspirational and everyone commented to that effect afterwards. His manner was informal, light, humorous yet full of energy and with a clear message: focus the disappointment into the fuel for achieving your goals. Great speaker, great role model, great man!”- James, Holmewood House School.
“We Just wanted to say how great we thought Derek Redmond was today. He was very motivational and inspiring. Once again, many thanks for all your efforts.” – Simon, Woodlands School
“Thank you so much for doing the auction at the Logan Invitational on Wednesday. You were fantastic! The fundraising on the day was one of the best we’ve ever done and all parties are thrilled – this is largely down to your auctioneering skills, so thank you!” – Milly, Logan Sports Marketing
“Everything went well and Derek was very much appreciated by everyone”. – Ingrid – VP Corporate Communications, Electrolux Professional
“Just a quick note to thank you very much for coming and speaking at the Plymouth Herald sports awards last night. It is easy to underestimate how important the event is to all of our sportsmen and women, and in Plymouth, in particular, it seems to go from strength to strength.Your speech hit exactly the right note so thank you for that, and for being such an easy and engaging guest of honour. It was a pleasure to work with such a calm and confident professional!” Bill, Trinity Mirror South West
“Everything went really well with Derek yesterday, thank you for all your help!”- Natalie – Morgan Kai
“The event went really well, thank you. We had a little bit of a wait because there was a mix up with the transport for employee’s but Derek was very patient. Derek’s keynote was engaging and very entertaining. His story is interesting, and I think the confirmation for me was when he played the video of his relay race and people shouted and cheered! I would definitely recommend him for any audience. Thank you for all your help”. – TechnipFMC
“I just wanted to follow up post event to say thank you! Derek Redmond was a great speaker and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and listening to him. He was very approachable and joined the private wine tour this us, which made the event relaxed and informal, just as I had hoped and we have received fantastic feedback from the delegates who attended” – Louise
“Derek was fabulous. He did a brilliant job of reading the room, gauging the level of interest in each auction lot and pitching the items appropriately. He also found ways to get the whole room involved in the fun, engaging the guests who weren’t themselves participating in the auction. Our Ball raised more than any other fundraising event we’ve held, and that was largely due to Derek’s auctioneering skills. We hope that he’ll return to the event next year!”
Isabelle, Children with Cancer UK
“Please could you pass on our thanks to Derek for his presentation which was very inspiring and much appreciated by the delegates.” – John, Rochester Diocesan Board of Education
“Derek was great, and I even had one student come up to me crying due to how inspired she was from Derek’s speech.” – Chris, Brunel University
“He was absolutely fantastic and everyone one loved his inspirational words, he really helped to embed our theme of going above and beyond.” – Ellie, Healthcircle
“Derek Redmond was an absolutely incredible speaker at our event, so amazing and inspiring! It was great to hear how he overcame such a difficult time and has achieved so much for himself, showing just how amazing resilience is and can be. His message of changing your mind set and reframing problems as challenges really hit home for everyone in the room. It definitely sent everyone away feeling positive and motivated! Thank you so much”- Louise, Hull Royal Infirmary