Colin Jackson is without doubt one of the greatest athletes that Great Britain has ever produced. With an outstanding competitive career behind him coupled with his fresh-faced charm and friendly warmth, Colin is the perfect choice as a high level motivational speaker. His down to earth, approachable and clear manner endears him to the public, media and corporate world alike.
Colin Jackson hung up his spikes in front of a roaring home crowd at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham 2003. After more than a decade spent at the top of his sport, it was a fitting end to the competitive career of one of the nation’s favourite sporting personalities.
110 metre hurdler Colin ranked in the world top 10 for 16 years, was World No.1 from 1992-1994 and for the last 7 years of his career, was never out of the world’s top 3. Since setting a European junior record of 13.44 in 1986, Colin went on to set 7 European, 8 Commonwealth and 9 UK records at 110mh. He still holds the World Record over 60mh indoors (7.30, Sindelfingen 1994) and held the World Record over 110mh outdoors (12.91, World Title, Stuttgart 1993) for 13 years before it was broken.
On retirement, Colin was a natural choice to become one of the key members of the BBC’s sports production team and he continues to cover all of their Athletics output as a BBC pundit and presenter. Covering the Athens Olympics was a highlight early in his broadcasting career and since then he has been an integral part of the BBC output for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and European championships as well as most recently, the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Currently Colin can be seen every Sunday co hosting BBC1 live morning show Sunday Life. He is a regular reporter for The One Show BBC1 and in 2007 filmed The Truth About You for BBC1; a documentary looking at the science behind his body, brain and success.
Colin traced his roots in a moving episode of BBC1’s highly acclaimed, Who Do You Think You Are and he dazzled audiences with his dancing skills on Strictly Come Dancing and was thrilled to make it, by public vote, into the final.
Colin works extensively with the BBC Wales award nominated sport website Raise your Game, which, with the help of celebrity interviews and invaluable advice, encourages children to be ambitious in sport and life in general. Colin uses his travels around the world, working as both producer and presenter, to produce an interactive website which includes video clips, interviews, and diaries the determination needed by sports men and women to achieve their goals and ambitions.
Colin’s personable, yet professional approach, combined with his high profile, mean that he is in constant demand from the commercial sector. 2006 saw him team up with Ariel to support their Ariel Tennis Ace Events as well as his integral role in Flora’s Flora pro.activ Test the Nation campaign to raise awareness of the importance of good heart health. 2007 then saw him sign a one year deal to be the face of Pain Ease Micro-Current therapy wraps, promoting the products in the media to raise the profile of this type of therapy.
In line with his on screen presenting and commentary Colin is a confident and charismatic conference/awards host and a high level motivational speaker. He guides you through the lows of his defeat at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and onto the highs of the World Championships that followed. He speaks of the lessons he learnt and how he turned his bitter defeat into renewed motivation and focus. With that unprecedented competitive career behind him coupled with his fresh-faced charm and friendly warmth he has been extremely well received by audiences. A truly inspiring motivational speaker.
- Consistent Application & Raising standards
- Striving for Excellence & Pressure to perform
- Goal setting & Focus
- Awards presentations
- Training & realism
“Colin, a huge thank you for being such a superb host for our National Training Award events. You hit just the right note, made the winners feel special and brought your own personal energy and enthusiasm to all the events. We were also delighted that your own skills development journey mirrored our aims and objectives so well. Thank you”
National Training & UK Skills Awards
“Colin Jackson was engaged to speak on behalf of Invest NI at three different business events as part of a week long initiative targeting entrepreneurs. His engaging account of the highs and lows of an international athletics career had the audience at each event hanging on his every word. Colin does not just deliver an inspirational story, his interaction with the audience following his talk was superb.”
“He’s a walking ball of energy and really energised the attendees. He gave an excellent talk, a really first rate mix of inspiration and motivation with an Olympic theme. Colin speaking made a big impact on our event; his draw nearly doubled the attendees and he gave a real buzz to the event. His friendly and approachable nature makes him a perfect ambassador.”
“The event went extremely well and everyone was very impressed with Colin’s contribution. He did a fantastic job and we’re very grateful to him…I can’t say how pleased we were with the event”
“Your vivid description of your experiences in gaining your Olympic medals, as well as learning to dance, served as an inspiring reminder to everyone present that if we have the determination to succeed in our individual fields all things are possible. This was a perfect way to end our two days and the feedback we have received from our delegates has been tremendous. Many, many thanks indeed!”
Margaret Thomas, Director, Innovation and Development, The Leadership Trust