Derek Redmond: Never Giving Up

Derek Redmond Team GB has given us hundreds of special moments at the Olympics, with the likes of Mo Farah CBE, Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, Greg Rutherford MBE, Sir Chris Hoy MBE, Laura Trott OBE and many more lighting up London 2012, not to mention countless other national treasures in previous years.

When it comes to standout Olympic moments, it doesn’t always boil down to victory; sometimes, perseverance and symbolism can leave just as much of an impression.

When Derek Redmond took part in the semifinals of the 400m at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, his dreams of clinching a precious gold went up in smoke when his hamstring snapped in the back straight.

What happened next was beyond the imagination of all those whose eyes were cast on the race; he refused to get on a stretcher, stood up and continued the race limping.

His father, Jim, then barged past security and joined Derek as the two completed the lap of the track together, a moment that prompted a standing ovation from 65,000 and millions of emotional tears all around the world.

The incident wasn’t just memorable on British shores – it was the subject of one of the International Olympic Committee’s ‘Celebrate Humanity’ videos, while Visa and Nike also used footage from the incident for a series of poignant and touching adverts.

Two decades on, Derek has rebounded from the disappointment of the race to carve out a career as an after-dinner speaker, where he discusses his career and the Barcelona incident in extensive detail, whilst also proving a fantastic event host.

Derek Redmond is one of the most in-demand after dinner speakers on the UK circuit. To book him for your company’s next event, contact Champions Olympic Speakers by completing the online form or by telephone on 0207 1010 553.

Lucy Berry

February 25th, 2016

About Lucy Berry

Lucy Berry is an After Dinner Sales Executive who joined us in the summer of 2018, shortly after graduating from Victoria University "down under" in Melbourne. In her time at Champions Speakers, Lucy has booked the likes of Ken Segall, Simon Callow, Carol Vorderman and Gary Neville.

Prior to matching clients with top-class speakers, Lucy could be found serving cocktails to Samantha Mumba and Paul Rudd while working in Dublin. Her time in Ireland was not only spent juggling drinks, as she also made her netball debut for the Irish national team. 

Lucy likes animals, especially bunnies! But she won't be feeding them courgettes anytime soon as they are the one thing she truly dislikes.

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