As former World, European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles champion; Colin Jackson is one of the most successful British athletes of all time. He was ranked among the top ten hurdlers for sixteen years, holding the world record for almost thirteen years.
Colin Jackson: Medal Winning
With only a silver medal to show, from four Olympic Games, Colin’s Olympic record seems bare; in comparison to his other achievements in the sport. In a 20 year career, he won everything the sport had to offer; except an Olympic gold medal and won most titles on multiple occasions.
Colin Jackson was twice world champion, in 1993 and 1999; and set a new world record, as he won his first title in Stuttgart 1993. Jackson also won a bronze in his first World Championship, in 1987; and silver a decade later. He went through his entire career without tasting defeat at the European Championships; and is one of only four athletes, to have won four successive titles at the event.
Added to his list of hurdles victories; are two Commonwealth Games (1990 & 1994), a World Indoor hurdles championship and two European Indoor Championships. He also competed as a pure sprinter and was European Indoor 60m champion, in 1994; as well as being an occasional member of the British 4×100m team. As a relay runner, he won a silver medal in the 1993 World Championships; and competed regularly at the Europa Cup. Jackson’s 1993 world record of 12.91 seconds, stood for 13 years; until broken by Liu Xiang. He was Europe’s Athlete of the Year in 1994, and was three times voted Wales’ Sports Personality of the Year.
TV & Coaching
After he retired, Colin Jackson turned to coaching and has been a key member of the BBC athletics commentary team; and one of the driving forces behind Sport Relief. He is also a director of a company, that produces TV shows for the IAAF; and was part of the London 2012 Olympic bid team. Colin often speaks about the process of winning the bid, and delivering one of the most successful games ever.
Making Of Me
Colin has put himself under the microscope in The Making Of Me; and co-hosted the sports talent search Born To Win. Other TV credits include Holiday and Strictly Come Dancing; in which he was narrowly beaten into second place by Darren Gough.
Colin Jackson: Speaker
On the conference platform as a guest speaker, Colin Jackson talks about how he turned bitter defeat, into positive energy. He sets out the winning formula and the mental techniques, then describes the unwavering motivation needed; to stay at the top of your game.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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