Former athlete Derek Redmond is no ordinary Olympic speaker. He knows more than most what it is to pick yourself up and carry on when all hope seems lost, making his advice invaluable. The former British record holder for the fastest 400m sprint, Derek now tours the country to improve his corporate audience’s workplace culture.
Derek is best known for being an incredible competitor in the 4 x 400m relay. At the 1986 Stuttgart European Championships, he won a gold medal, starting his professional career off with a bang. A year later in Rome, Derek won a silver medal at the 1987 Rome World Championships and four years later in the same competition, this time in Tokyo, he returned to form and won the second gold medal of his career.
However, perhaps the most memorable image the public has of Derek Redmond is when he failed to finish his race at the Olympic Games. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, the Olympic speaker was looking good in the relay until his hamstring snapped. Determined to finish, he got to his feet and began to hobble his way to the finish line.
Derek quickly got help from his father who managed to usher away track officials and put his arm around his son, supporting him to the end of the race. The crowd went wild and the moment came to be seen as an example of how the human spirit can triumph over adversity. Even USA President Barack Obama eulogised over Redmond’s determination and bravery, a testament to his internationally celebrated achievements.
The image of Derek being helped over the finish line by his father has become a symbol of hope, and has even featured frequently in the media. As a speaker, Derek reflects upon this moment, instilling in his audience the importance of sportsmanship above all else. Derek is now a motivational speaker, addressing business audiences to improve their perspective of teamwork, leadership and productivity.
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