Derek Redmond

Inspirational Athlete & Passionate Speaker

“Derek Redmond bravely making it through with little help, moments of euphoria after years of hard work. Moments when the human spirit triumphs over injury that should have been impossible to overcome.”– President Barack Obama

One of Britain’s most famous athletes, Derek Redmond is a World and European relay champion. Having broken the British 400m record on two occasions, Derek was one of the country’s best athletes during the 1980s and 1990s. 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.

He first rose to prominence in 1985 when he broke the 400m British record achieving a time of 44.82 seconds 12 months later he was selected in the 4x400m relay team for the European Championships in Stuttgart.

Great Britain won gold in what was a sure sign of things to come. A year later they won a silver medal at the World Championships in Rome. By the time the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo arrived Derek had established himself as one of Britain’s best athletes. Alongside Kriss Akabusi, John Regis and Roger Black he then stunned the sporting world as Britain triumphed over the favourites USA to win gold. Their run remains the second fastest 4x400m run in history.

Having now proved himself as a relay athlete, Derek went about trying to do the same as an individual runner. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, representing his country he became part of one of the most inspirational scenes in Olympic history.

In the 400m semi-final Derek went into the race amongst the favourites but as he passed the 250m mark he tore his hamstring. Determined to finish the race he hobbled to the finish line with the help of his father as a 65,000-strong crowd cheered him on. This incident has since been voted one of the Olympics’ most inspirational moments by US network NBC and even referenced by Barack Obama in a presidential speech.

This injury signalled an end to his athletics career, but, committed to not letting his injury keep him down, he has since played basketball for England and played rugby 7s.

Derek’s story is truly inspiring and he now works as a motivational speaker sharing his remarkable story with audiences up and down the country. He has worked with a wide range of high profile brands delivering his inspiring stories from the track in corporate environments.

To book Derek Redmond as the Olympic speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

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 HarnettDirector 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!” – CEOScottish 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”. – IngridVP 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