Jackson to be guest speaker at county sports get-together

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Olympic silver medallist and top BBC sports pundit Colin Jackson is to be the guest speaker at the 2013 Derbyshire Sports Awards, sponsored by the University of Derby.

The event will recognise some of Derbyshire’s most committed sports volunteers, dedicated coaches and talented athletes, with an invite-only celebration at The Roundhouse in Derby on Thursday, November 14.

Former 110m hurdler Colin, who won silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games and gold at the World Championships in both 1993 and 1999, will join more than 250 guests at the event and give an insight into life as a top athlete and broadcaster, sharing details of some of the proudest moments of his career and the determination needed to succeed.

Colin is an ambassador for Matrix Fitness, which, for the second year, is a category sponsor and the sponsor of the drinks reception at the Derbyshire Sports Awards.

Colin was ranked in the world top ten for 16 years, was World No.1 from 1992 to 1994, and for the last seven years of his career was never out of the world’s top three. He set seven European records, eight Commonwealth records and nine UK records at 110mh, and still holds the World Record over 60mh indoors.

Colin called time on his athletics career at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 2003, and has since become one of the key members of the BBC’s sports production team.