Darren Harris two-time Paralympian & keynote speaker for Great British Expos

Keynote speaker:

Darren Harris

Darren Harris is a two-time Paralympian who competed for Great Britain in judo at Beijing 2008 and football at London 2012.

Darren helped in making an impact to young people’s lives & raising aspirations whilst working on Sport England’s Sporting Champions programme, and is now looking to inspire his audience by sharing his secret of what it takes to be the best you can.

Ever since being diagnosed with cancer in both eyes aged 15 months, he has continued to beat the odds, becoming the most decorated blind footballer in British history.

Darren now runs his own business helping others succeed by adding that missing ingredient called confidence. As an athlete mentor, he draws on the unique insight his 20 years’ experience in elite sport has given him, as well as the team of top performing athletes he has engaged with.

He also works with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust on the Young Leaders Programme and National Citizens Service. This work encourages young people to do something beneficial within their communities. Darren cites a handful of people who have made a great contribution to his success and hopes he will be able to inspire others to make similarly positive changes in their lives.


Competitive Record



2015 World Games silver

2011 European Championship bronze

2007 European Championships silver

2005 European Championship bronze

2003 European Championship silver

2001 European Championship silver

1999 European Championship bronze

1997 European Championship bronze



2009 European Championship bronze

2007 European Championship silver