Without doubt one of the greatest athletes that Great Britain has ever produced, Colin Jackson called time on his outstanding athletics career in front of an adoring home crowd at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 2003. After more than a decade spent at the very pinnacle of his sport, it was a fitting end to a glittering career. Colin subsequently made a seamless transition to become an outstanding television sports presenter and commentator.
During a career in which he represented Great Britain and Wales, Colin won an Olympic silver medal, became world champion twice, World indoor champion once, went undefeated at the European Championships for 12 years and was a two-time Commonwealth champion. His world record of 12.91 seconds for the 110 m hurdles stood for over a decade and he remains the 60 m hurdles world record holder.
Since retiring as an athlete, Colin has covered many important sporting events, mainly for the BBC. The Athens Olympics of 2004 was an early highlight in his broadcasting career and since then he has been an integral part of the BBC's programming for all major athletic events, including the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the London Olympics in 2012.
In addition to presenting sports events, Colin has been a guest on many other TV shows, tracing his family roots in a moving episode of BBC1's highly acclaimed, Who Do You Think You Are and dazzling audiences with his dancing skills on Strictly Come Dancing - thrilled to make it, by public vote, to the final.
Colin is the Patron of Fairbridge Cymru and works closely with Sport Relief, where he is a member of the steering panel. Between 2004 and 2012 he worked extensively with BBC Wales' award-nominated sports website Raise your Game, which encouraged children to be ambitious in sport and life in general. He is also an International Inspiration Ambassador for UNICEF.
Colin's personable yet professional approach, combined with his high profile, means that he is in constant demand as a Motivational Speaker, After-dinner Speaker, Awards Host and Presenter, as well as for Personal Appearances. For further information, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent through the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call us on 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements.
I wanted to say a huge thank you to Colin for his outstanding contribution to the launch of National School Meals Week. He was brilliant from start to finish. Everyone I spoke to commented on how good he was and the way he spoke to all the age groups was brilliant. He engaged with the students and had them riveted to their seats and wanting to ask questions, the media loved him and he was an absolute pleasure to work with. I just hope we have the opportunity to do so again.
National School Meals Week
Everyone loved Colin. I heard many praises of ‘best speaker I’ve ever heard’ as people left the event. Besides all his athletic, broadcasting achievements, he has a wonderful warm personality and was kind enough to stay for photographs and sign autographs. He really made the centenary event special.
Thank you for all your help in organising our prestige event.
CIMA North West
Sally, what can I say?! Colin was absolutely amazing, so inspiring! But then you already know that! Such a fabulous event, we are so grateful to him and to you for sorting it out. Thanks so much!
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- Michael is a wonderful speaker who appears on This Week with Andrew Neil and presents the Great British Railway Journeys and Great Continental Railway Journeys for BBC2.