Darren Campbell MBE is unquestionably one of Britain’s most successful and well known male sprinters. During an international career spanning over a decade, Darren won individual medals at all of the Major Championships; European and World Championships, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
With a combination of hard work and focus, Darren became the most successful British athlete at junior level winning four Gold and two Silver Medals at International Championships. Despite spending two years away from athletics playing professional football for Newport FC and Weymouth FC, Darren’s heart always lay at the track. Returning to athletics in 1995, he attended his first Olympics the following year.
Darren was known as a Championship performer, with the ability to pull out an electrifying performance when it really mattered. As a result he has a truly remarkable medal collection including, 4 European Golds, 1 Silver, 2 Commonwealth Games Golds, 1 Bronze, 2 World Championship Silvers, 2 Bronze and finally, both an Olympic Gold and Silver medal.
Since his retirement from professional athletics in 2006, Darren has worked with Aviva to pass on his experience at grassroots and elite levels. He is an ambassador for the ‘Sky Sport Living For Sport’ initiative which uses sport as a tool to re-engage young people who may be at risk of opting out of school life and also created a youth engagement programme, Street Athletics, in 2005 with his former coach Linford Christie.
Darren has worked with a number of professional Sportsmen to improve their raw speed including Mark Cueto, Andre Shevchenko and Toby Flood. He is currently the speed coach at Saracens. He also runs his own supplements company ‘Pro Athlete Supplementation’.
Darren is a member of the BBC commentary team, having reported from all the Major Championships including World and European Championships and was an integral part of 5Lives coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games, 2013 World Championships and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He was also a reporter for Sky Sports News during London 2012 where he analysed key performances that went on throughout the day.
In the lead up to Rio, Darren co-presented a show on BBC 5Live called ‘Road to Rio’. Here Darren, alongsde BBC Radio sports broadcaster Eleanor Oldroyd, discussed various issues surrounding the 2016 Olympic Games. He went out to Rio to mark a year to go to the Olympics and was also a part of the 5Live commentary team for the action at the Olympics.
Darren also co-presents the popular Sky Sports children’s show, Game Changers. The show aims to get children more aware and involved in different sports by having masterclasses headed by sports stars like David Beckham. Darren’s enthusiastic style of presenting is the reason why it is now his third successful season on the show.
Darren has held sponsorship deals with Reebok, Samsung and was the face of Ben Sherman’s 2004 Olympic campaign.
He is now the director of his own Sports Nutrition company; Pro Athlete Supplementations.
He lives in Wales with his wife and three young children.