VIDEO: Olympic star’s talk is an inspiration to others at event

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Former Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell spoke about setting goals and overcoming obstacles to reach the pinnacle of his sport to hundreds of business people from across Lancashire.

He was the star guest at the latest Choose Chorley event, as Chorley Council teamed up with leading motor dealers the Chorley Group to put on the inspiring evening, with attendees taking away fantastic advice from Darren.

Darren Campbell shows off his Olympic gold medal with, from left, Andy Turner, of the Chorley Group, Lindsay Hoyle MP, Adam Turner, of the Chorley Group, and Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council

Darren Campbell shows off his Olympic gold medal with, from left, Andy Turner, of the Chorley Group, Lindsay Hoyle MP, Adam Turner, of the Chorley Group, and Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council

The Nissan ambassador spoke about how “you have got to dream above your station to succeed” and showed how his experience in sport could be harnessed in business.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “Inviting someone like Darren to speak at the event is a great motivation to everyone and it brings extra attention that helps to put Chorley on the map.”

The evening also featured a Question Time-style panel chaired by Dave Guest from BBC North West Tonight, with debates on attracting new businesses to the area, Chorley’s retail offer and the potential for developing businesses locally to be leaders in their field.

Joining Coun Bradley on the panel were Colette Hart from Anise, Andrew Jones, from TVS Supply Chain Solutions, Adam Turner from the Chorley Group, and Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle.

Andy Turner, MD and founder of the Chorley Group, said: “It was great to listen to Darren and I could relate to what he said about the hurdles he has faced on the way to success. It really struck a chord. People took away things we can use in our own business.”