Bursting onto the scene whilst setting a European junior record of 13.44 in 1986, Colin ranked in the world top 10 for 16 years, and for the last 7 of his career was never out of the top 3.
Colin has been an integral part of the BBC Athletics coverage since the Athens Olympics, covering every major event, including the London 2012 Olympics. Other TV highlights include co-hosting the BBC1 live morning show Sunday Life as well as dazzling us all with his dancing skills on Strictly Come Dancing – thrilled to make it, by public vote, into the final. His many other appearances include Who Do You Think You Are, Born to Win, A Question of Sport and co-hosting the Sport Relief Mile Show.
In 2012 Colin launched the Red Shoes Academy, in partnership with the Welsh Government department of Education and Skills, leading a group of elite sport ambassadors in Wales to visit schools and colleges and inspire and motivate the next generation. 2013 saw Colin launch his own mass participation event in aid of prostate cancer, Go Dad Run, on Fathers Day. After the success of the inaugural event, 2014 saw runs take place in Cardiff, Birmingham and London. Colin also joined forces with Red Bull Wings for Life World Run campaign as a Global Ambassador.