Dwain Chambers roster of career highlights dates back to 1994 when he competed in the English Schools’ Athletic Association Championships. As a schoolboy, he completed the 100m race in a staggering 10.64 seconds and received international medals at the 1995 European Junior Championships.
Moving into the senior rankings as soon as he could, Chambers took the 100m silver medal in the 1998 European Championships and won a relay gold medal at the 1998 IAAF World Cup. His performance and undeniable talent were recognised by the former sprinter and Commonwealth Games medalist, Mike McFarlane who eventually became his coach and led him to the 1999 World Championships, this is where Chambers became the youngest ever World Championship 100m medalist.
Whilst working towards the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Dwain began experimenting with running different distances. He managed a personal best of 6.55 seconds in the 60m event in Ghent before sustaining a hamstring injury which resulted in him losing out on six weeks of training. After returning to the track, Chambers found himself not performing the standard that he had set prior to his injury, this pushed him towards quitting the season altogether. However, with great drive and determination, he managed to qualify at the British Olympic trials coming first with a time of 10.11 seconds.
He broke the ten-second barrier twice in the 2001 World Championships with a new personal best of 9.97 seconds and ended his 2001 season at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane where he came first place. Taking two gold medals at the 2002 European Championships in Munich, Chambers also set a championship record of 9.96 seconds and received the 2002 European Athlete of the Year Trophy due to his performance throughout the year.
With aims to end his career on a high, Dwain had put any legal action to overturn his Olympic ban aside and intensively studied the technique of Usain Bolt to improve his timing after such a long break. Due to his previous times and extreme dedication to athletics, he found himself selected for the London 2012 Olympics, he felt hugely honoured to compete in his home country and went on to race against Usain Bolt. Even though he came fourth he states that the opportunity made “a dream that at times has seemed very distant, a reality.”
A strongly determined and driven personality, Dwain Chambers makes for the best of motivational speeches. With anecdotes surrounding his athletic career and obstacles he faced in order to achieve his dreams, Chambers is fully equipped to leave your audience astounded and inspired to adopt a similar mindset.
Watch Dwain's British Champions Indoor Trials 2017 post-race interview here:
Dealing With Pressure
Drive & Determination
“An inspiration.” – Marcus, Head of The Eton Sports Society
“The best society meeting I’ve ever been to.” – Dylan – attendee
“Never has Upper School been so busy in its near 600 years of existence.” – Attendee