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Devon Harris

Member of the First Jamaican Bobsled Team; Inspired the Disney movie "Cool Runnings"

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About Devon Harris

Born on Christmas Day, 1964, the world should never have heard of Devon Harris. He was raised in one of the most violent slums of Kingston, Jamaica yet he graduated from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and served as an officer in the Jamaica Defence Force. He started off as a barefoot boy trying to win a track race and became a member of his country's first Olympic bobsled team. Circumstances and others constantly told him it was impossible but at every step of the way ...

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Keep On Pushing

The Entrepreneurial Mindset of an Olympic Athlete As a three-time Olympian, Devon Harris knows that it takes more than talent, hard work and determination to get to the Olympic Games; it also requires an ...

Hot Lessons from Cool Runnings - Coaching for Sales and Personal Success

Suitable for a kick-off or closing presentation, this motivational program draws from the powerful experiences of the real life Jamaican Bobsled Team as well as those espoused in the Disney blockbuster movie ...

The Power and Magic of Teamwork

This program is also suitable as an event kickoff. As the Captain of the Jamaican Bobsled Team and a former Sandhurst-trained Captain in the Jamaica Defence Force, Devon knows what it takes to develop, ...

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Keep on Pushing: Hot Lessons from Cool Runnings by Devon Harris
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I asked you to try to inspire these young men and women as they begin their careers in health care, and you certainly did that. Your life story is remarkable and the positive reflections you make are very empowering.

Dr. MaryBeth Mandich, Assoc. Dean - Professional Programs - West Virginia University School of Medicine

We truly enjoyed having Devon as the speaker for our event. His warmth and passion really engaged the audience members. Most importantly, he was able to tie his expertise (athletics and sportsmanship) to what's important to our audience.

Aviva Belsky - Association of Medical Publications

Devon Harris spoke to our church prior to our participation in a medical/dental mission trip in rural south Jamaica. His personal story, with his energetic and engaging speaking style, greatly increased the focus and personal ownership of the work.

Bill Todd, Christian Formation Director - Woodcrest Chapel

Devon had the audience in tears and laughter almost at the same time. His ability to compare his story with a pattern for conducting our lives was outstanding. He received one of the few standing ovations we have ever given a speaker.

Chuck Brandon, Director of Field Services - National Propane Gas Association

I want to personally thank you for your polished and incredibly motivating presentation at our annual meeting. The way that you wove our organization's mission and challenges into your presentation was uncanny.

Donna Wachter, Executive Director - Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Thank you so much for making our meeting a memorable event. When Devon started to speak the room became so quiet you could hear a pin drop! The audience was hanging on to every word he said. Everyone was so inspired and challenged by Devon's story.

Harriett Matthews, Consulting Services Group - American Express
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Jamaican bobsled team reflects on unlikely journey to '88 Olympic

byScott Stump/Feb.07.2018 / 8:16 AM ET/Source:TODAY The dream of the Jamaican bobsled team began with a makeshift sled, a sun-baked concrete track and a distant hope of qualifying for the 1988 Olympics. "I remember saying to myself, 'Nobody could ever get me to go on one of ...

Jamaican Bobsled Team 2014: 2-Man Team To Compete In Sochi Olympic Games

Written by Nick Forrester A lack of initial funding hasn't stopped the famed Jamaican Bobsled Team from returning to the Winter Olympics. For the first time since 2002, a bobsled team will represent Jamaica, as the team of Winston Watts, who will be competing in his ...