For 11 years, Britain’s Colin Jackson was the world’s fastest man over the 110m hurdles. Born in Cardiff, Wales, in February 1967, he has an incredible ancestry, with Jamaican Maroon and indigenous Caribbean blood mixed with Scottish.
He is well suited to role of International Sports Director, in which he leads the world’s global running phenomenon, the Wings for Life World Run.
“Wherever you are -- you could be running a Selfie Run in New Zealand, or you could be at an official location in South Africa or Great Britain – this race is global. It’s for everyone!”
Organising 34 locations in 33 countries is a feat in anyone’s book, so Jackson drew heavily in the last two years on his vast experience in sports as a competitor, coach, manager and BBC presenter to make the Wings for Life World Run the success it was:
“I think we can say the first two Wings for Life World Runs were a very huge success,” Jackson said. "People all over the globe said how much they enjoyed this unique race and can't wait for next year.”
His commitment to helping people fall in love with sport earned him, in 1990, an MBE for services to athletics, in 1999 he was promoted to OBE and in 2003 became a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Jackson is a legendary athlete both in Great Britain and internationally, having won silver at the Seoul Olympics in his favourite discipline, the 110 metres hurdles, and is also a three-time World Champion, two-time Commonwealth Champion and was unbeaten at the European Championships for 12 years.
To cap it all, with his 1994 time of 7.30 seconds, he is still the indoor world record holder for the 60m hurdles, and between August 23, 1993 and February 9, 1995, he won 44 consecutive races, completely unbeaten at all levels. A feat to be truly proud of, just like what he is achieving with the Wings for Life World Run:
“We raised a staggering €7.2 million for spinal cord research so far, but more importantly the community spirit of the runners drew the world’s attention to finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Every one of those people out there will take us another step closer. Let’s make 2016 bigger and better.”