Olympic Athlete Steve Cram MBE to speak at Conference

Steve Cram MBE is to speak at our conference and our Gala Dinner .

Steve is one of the UK’s most well known sporting individuals. As an athlete his career was forged alongside Coe and Ovett to form a period of unprecedented success in British athletics and since retiring has become one of the BBC’s most respected commentators.

In a career spanning over three decades, since appearing as a 17 year old at the Commonwealth Games in 1978, Steve’s many achievements include six Gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the European and World Championships.

At the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles he took a Silver medal in the 1500m behind Sebastian Coe. The following year he broke World records in the 1500m, 2000m and Mile, all within 19 days; the latter lasting almost 9 years.

Since retiring from competitive athletics Steve has become a very successful television commentator, first with Eurosport, and then with Channel 4 before joining the BBC as the Chief Athletics Commentator.
Steve has co-presented the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Athens in 2004 where his commentary of Kelly Holmes’ victories will always be well remembered and more recently both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing as well as the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Away from the track and the commentating Steve is also Chairman of the English Institute of Sport, which is a nationwide network of sport science and sports medical support services, designed to foster the talents of our elite athletes in all sports.

Closer to home though Steve was honoured to accept the role of Chancellor of Sunderland University in 2008. An establishment where he received his own BA Hons degree back in 1983 and a region which is extremely close to his heart up here in the North East.

A huge part of Steve’s life is also COCO, a children’s charity he co-founded in 2000 with Jim Panton. COCO has raised well over 1 million pounds in the last decade and continues to help thousands of children enjoy the opportunity to receive an education and change their lives for the better.

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