Lance Corporal Derek Derenalagi

Injured Serviceman & Team GB Paralympian

Native Fijian Lance Corporal Derek Derenalagi joined the British Army in 1999. After serving tours of duty in both Northern Ireland and Iraq, it was in July 2007, whilst on tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when his Land Rover vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). A wonderful olympic speaker, Derek has overcome the adversity of injury to become a formidable athletics figure on a world stage.

Derek was taken to the operating tables on Camp Bastion, after losing both his legs above the knee, Derek was declared dead. It was only when Derek was about to be placed in a body bag, one of the medical staff detected a very slow and faint pulse. Derek stayed in a coma for eight and half days before leaving hospital 4 weeks later. Just five years later, Derek has transformed himself into an elite Paralympic athlete, competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games. As an after dinner speaker, Derek describes his rehabilitation and the journey to become a world class athlete, making for a trull compelling talk.

The five years in from the battlefield to becoming an athlete and competing on a world stage has been a tale of hard work, dedication and unfaltering belief in ability. The drive Derek has to achieve his goals motivates and inspires audiences during his talks as a sports speaker.

Closely associated with the establishment of the renowned charity, Help for Heroes. The charity founders Emma and Bryn Parry, visited Derek at Selly Oak Hospital and found themselves moved hugely by his sincere dignity whilst overcoming extreme adversity.

Derek decided to reach the Paralympics at the very start of his recovery, recovering in hospital, Derek watched the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Wearing the national colours soon became his greatest ambition, as soon as he could; Derek began to work on his strongest discipline, the Discus.

Derek’s inspirational story as an olympic speaker focuses on overcoming adversity and maximising success not matter the circumstances.

To book Derek Derenalagi as the after dinner 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 at corporate events, Derek is known to cover the following topics:

  • Olympic Speaker
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Achieving Goals
  • Inspirational Speaker
  • Teamwork & Motivation
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance