Lance Corporal Derek Derenalagi

From the Afghanistan battlefields to the Paralympic Games


When you meet people like Lance Corporal Derek Derenalagi you can only feel humble and in awe. When he was a Lance Corporal with the British Army’s Second Battalion The Mercian Regiment, this now highly popular Paralympic speaker was at one stage pronounced dead. A truly inspirational figure, Derek’s speeches will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up as he discusses his powerful story.

He had been in an army jeep in Afghanistan when it was blown to pieces by an improvised explosive device (IED). The medical personnel went as far as getting a bodybag ready for Derenalagi when somebody detected a very faint pulse. Such is the extremely thin line between Derek achieving the amazing feats that he has and him not being here at all.

Incredibly, just five years later, this powerful Paralympics speaker was not only competing in the 2012 Paralympic Games as a member of the British armed forces team but he also won a gold medal at the same year’s IPC Athletics European Championships. He has described it as “encouraging” to be competing alongside some of the other soldiers that he was in hospital with. A truly outstanding achievement, Detek’s story is sure to inspire you as he has showcased sheer amounts of drive and determination since becoming severely injured.

Despite losing both legs above the knee, Derek Derenalagi has run in the 100m and 200m and has competed in the discus and shot put disciplines. This incredibly inspirational and motivational character is also a delight to be around and is clearly loved by every audience that he has presented to.

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When speaking at events, Derek is known to discuss the following topics:

  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Dealing with Setback
  • Perseverance
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Achieving Goals

Throughout his career, Derek has earned the following achievements:

  • One gold medal at the IPC Athletics European Championships
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