“My love of sport began at grass roots level and my own experiences as a Primary School child”
About Darren Campbell MBE
Darren 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 Campbell has been working to help sports teams improve their sprinting skills including working with Premier League football teams and high profile rugby teams.
Darren Campbell MBE – Ambassador for Get Active Sports!
Commenting on his role as an Ambassador for Get Active Sports Darren Campbell says: “I have been fortunate to enjoy success on the biggest stage of all but my love of sport began at grass roots level and my own experiences as a Primary School child.”
The power of school sport changed my life so I know first hand how much of a positive impact sport can have on young children, whether that be pushing them on towards becoming an Olympic Champion, encouraging them to be the very best that they can be in life, or just keeping them fit and healthy.
My motivation since retiring as an athlete has been to try and inspire people of all ages to embrace the power of sport and fitness. I am delighted to be an Ambassador for Get Active Sports and look forward to empowering the lives of many young people.”