Colin Jackson

Broadcaster and Former British Athlete


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
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Colin Jackson is Without a doubt one of the greatest athletes that Great Britain has ever produced, Colin 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.

110m 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 and since setting a European junior record of 13.44 in 1986, went on to set 7 European, 8 Commonwealth and 9 UK records at 110mh. Colin still holds the World Record over 60mh indoors (7.30, Sindelfingen 1994) and, has only recently been robbed of his 13years World Record over 110mh outdoors (12.91, World Title, Stuttgart 1993).

On retirement, Colin Jackson 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 obviously 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 2012 London Olympics

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. With an unprecedented competitive career behind him coupled with his fresh-faced charm and friendly warmth he has been extremely well received by numerous audiences including IT Conventions and Business Forums.

Colin’s delivery is clear and controlled but his natural energy and bubbly character are ever present.


Colin draws from his long and successful career which epitomised the emotional ups and downs of the ultimate champion athlete. 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. He moves on to his steady relationship with his coach, Malcolm Arnold, his continually rising standards and consistent application in his quest for excellence. Colin discusses the importance of setting realistic goals and visualising and focusing on the end result, no matter what. All of these factors contribute to the winning formula the British public witnessed for so long and now make for a truly inspiring motivational pitch.

Key Points: 

  • Consistent Application
  • Raising Standards
  • Striving for Excellence
  • Goal Setting and Focus
  • Pressure to Perform
  • Mental visualisation
  • Control
  • Technique
  • Training and Realism