15th January 2012

Adaptable Travel is thrilled to hear Jim Redmond, father of 2012 Sporting Legacy speaker Derek Redmond, has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch as part of the London 2012 torch relay.

In 1992 Derek Redmond took part in the Barcelona Games, and a hamstring injury in the 400 metre semi-final has gone down in Olympic history.  Due to his determination Derek continued to hobble to the finish line bravely bearing agonising pain.  Father, Jim anxiously watched the scene before him from the stands and instinctively jumped down to come to his sons rescue.  Father and Son were greeted by a standing ovation of 65, 000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium once they crossed the finish line, 20 years ago this summer.


Jim Redmond commented “I don’t know why but I had an instinct I had to go over to him, we finished the race jointly. I didn’t realise 20 years later it would still be talked about. I’m delighted and honoured and very, very proud”.The Olympic Torch will leave Land’s End, Cornwall, on the morning of Saturday 19th May 2012 and will pass through towns and cities including Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Belfast, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham Oxford, Southampton and Dover during the 70 day torch relay.

Adaptable Travel, hosts of the unique 2012 Sporting Legacy event, backed the bid for Derek Redmond and his father to carry the Olympic torch and are delighted this momentus event from Olmpic history is being celebrated 20 years on.  Now a motivational speaker Derek will be sharing his Olympic story with fellow Olympians, Roger Black and 2012 hopeful, Jade Johnson at  2012 Sporting Legacy.

If you would like your school to be part of 2012 Sporting Legacy event please contact us for school trips to London.  Alternatively, contact Adaptable Travel to take a school tour of the 2012 Olympic site.

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