Colin Jackson CBE

One of the greatest athletes never to win an Olympic title

Collin Jackson

Self-described as “one of the greatest athletes never to win an Olympic title”, Olympic speaker, Colin Jackson, knows what he’s talking about when it comes to effort, commitment and giving 110%. After an influential career, Colin is now a popular media personality, commentating on athletic races and previously appearing on Strictly Come Dancing in 2005.

Colin combines his irrefutable talent with an incredibly easy-going charm that people warm to instantly. Despite not winning an Olympic gold in his chosen sport, the 110m hurdles, Colin has been double world champion (he was the first Briton to regain a world title), four times European champion, twice Commonwealth champion, and world record-holder for nearly 13 years.

At just 15 years old, Colin won the Welsh Junior 80m hurdles, setting the foundation for his hugely impactful career. The closest Colin got to a gold medal was when he won silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, but it was in the European and Commonwealth games that he truly excelled. As an international athlete he earned the respect of his fellow athletes as a world-class hurdler. At one point in his career, the Olympic speaker had not lost a 110m hurdles race in 44 outings.

As a record-breaker, Colin was exceptional, setting eight 110m European and Commonwealth and nine UK records. In the 60m hurdles he set nine UK, four Commonwealth and European indoor records, as well as 16 Welsh records. His most impressive record was at the World Championships in Stuttgart when it is acknowledged that he produced the race of his life. As a speaker, Colin reflects upon his sporting career, giving his audience an insight into the highs and lows of competing. An expert in leadership and motivation, his inspiring speeches encourage others to embrace their capabilities.

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Watch Colin giving one of his internationally renowned speeches below:

When featuring at events Colin is known to discuss such topics as:

  • Sports Commentating
  • Embracing Opportunities
  • International Sports
  • Maximising Success
  • Adapting to Challenges

Over the course of his career Colin earned the following achievements:

  • Gold medal at the 1989 The Hague European Indoor Championships
  • Gold medal at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games
  • Gold medal at the 1990 Split European Championships
  • Gold medal at the 1993 Stuttgart World Championships
  • Gold medal at the 1994 Helsinki European Championships
  • Two gold medals at the 1994 Paris European Indoor Championships
  • Gold medal at the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games
  • Gold medal at the 1998 Budapest European Championships
  • Gold medal at the 1999 Seville World Championships
  • Gold medal at the 1999 Maebashi World Indoor Championships
  • Gold medal at the 2002 Munich European Championships
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