- Name: Colin Jackson CBE
- Birth Date: 18/02/1967
- Born: Cardiff, UK
- Lives: London, UK
Without a 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. For the last 7 years of his career, he was never out of the world’s top 3 and since setting a European junior record of 13.44 in 1986.
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 programming for all major athletic events since, including of course the London Olympics in 2012 where he was a vital part of the studio team. Other TV highlights include co-hosting the BBC1 live morning show Sunday Life; The Truth About You for BBC1; as well as tracing his roots in a moving episode of BBC1′s highly acclaimed, Who Do You Think You Are; as well as dazzling us all with his dancing skills on Strictly Come Dancing – thrilled to make it, by public vote, into the final. More recently Colin has appeared on ITV1′s Dancing on Ice Goes Gold.
Colin is the Patron of Fairbridge Cymru and works closely with Sport Relief, where he is a member of the steering panel and is also an International Inspiration Ambassador for UNICEF. Between 2004 and 2012 he also worked extensively with BBC Wales’ award-nominated sport website Raise your Game, which encouraged children to be ambitious in sport and life in general. In 2012 Colin also launched the Red Shoes Academy, in partnership with the Welsh Government department of Education and Skills, leading a group of elite sport ambassadors in Wales to visit schools and colleges and inspire and motivate the next generation.
Colin’s personable, yet professional approach, combined with his high profile, mean that he is in constant demand from the commercial sector and in line with his on screen presentation and commentary Colin is a confident and charismatic conference/awards host and a high-level motivational speaker.