Going for Gold Lecture Series 2021-22: Derek Redmond

Next Session: October 11, 2021 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Free

Going For Gold Lecture Series

A chance to hear from Olympians on the power of fitness, sport and participation in enabling ambitious goals to be met.  With reflection on resilience, perseverance and taking risks.

Derek Redmond— BRITISH ATHLETE WHO HELD THE BRITISH RECORD FOR THE 400 METRES SPRINT, & WON GOLD MEDALS IN THE 4X400 METRES RELAY AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS & EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Derek Redmond was one of Britain’s most talented and celebrated 400m sprinters of the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately for Redmond, his career was plagued by injury, but this didn’t stop him winning numerous gold medals. Now a well-known and inspiring keynote speaker and media personality, Redmond is known to speak about the perseverance, drive and determination and peak performance.

Redmond had to pull out of the 1988 Olympic Games just 90 seconds before his heat was due to start. Due to this and a series of other recurring injuries, Redmond never truly managed to fulfil his potential and was forced to retire at an early age. However, this was not before he made a huge mark in history with two of the most famous sporting achievements of the early 1990s.

Redmond formed part of the most successful British 4 x 400m teams in history and entering the 1991 Tokyo World Athletics Championships the British and American teams were very evenly matched. The Brits won by the smallest of margins and their run remains the second fastest 4 x 400m in history.

Derek is most well-known for his remarkable efforts at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Having qualified for the semi-finals as a firm medal favourite, he famously tore his hamstring at the 250m mark. Knowing he had no chance of reaching the final, Redmond nevertheless showed tremendous grit and determination by hobbling down the back straight and around the final bend. In a moment that has been voted one of the all-time most inspiring moments in Olympic Games history, Derek’s father famously came to his aide and the pair finished the race together, shoulder-to-shoulder. Redmond was later disqualified from the race, but nevertheless became a symbol of hope, determination, and dedication.

 

Who is this course for?

Members of the Sport England Programme’s 17 Schools (Open to both staff and students, at present a maximum of 10 places per school)