Darren Campbell is one of Britain's most successful and well known male sprinters. He represented Great Britain in the 100m and 200m, as well as the 4x100m relay.
Darren has over 21 medals to his name, including Olympic gold for the 4x100m relay in 2004, and Olympic silver for the 200m at the 2000 Sydney Games. He has also won Commonwealth and European gold medals. Darren’s personal best times for the 100m and 200m put him in the top six British sprinters of all time.
Darren was also a gifted footballer and spent two years playing professional football in the mid-90s when injury forced him to leave football for athletics. However, Darren’s commitment to athletics paid off as, just a year after his return to the sport, he was selected to represent Great Britain at the 1996 Olympic Games.
Two themes soon emerged in Darren’s career; success and injury. In 2001, he had to forfeit being captain of the GB European Cup team as a result of injury, and in 2004 Darren failed to reach any individual Olympic finals as a consequence of an unresolved hamstring injury.
Darren refused to let these setbacks halt his career and in 2005 he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to athletics. He continued to show great determination and focus as he fought back to full fitness to claim a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Since retiring in 2006, Darren has been working to help sports teams improve their sprinting skills including working with Premier League football teams and high profile rugby teams.
Darren has been an Ambassador for Sky Sports Living for Sport since July 2007 and draws on his own experiences growing up in Manchester to engage with those pupils he meets taking part in the initiative.
Commenting on his role as an Ambassador he says: “It is an honour to have the opportunity to share my story with the young people I meet in schools as part of Sky Sports Living for Sport. By visiting schools I have seen for myself the impact and power that sport can have in changing the lives of pupils across the UK. I hope to inspire them and show them that it is possible to achieve anything when you work hard and fully commit yourself to your goal.”
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