Sports star Steve Cram to speak at Leeds Met
The free public event, organised by Leeds Business School and held in partnership with Yorkshire Bank, will take place from 3-4pm on Wednesday 6 November in the Rose Bowl at the University's City Campus.
Steve first ran aged 17 at the Commonwealth Games in 1978 and his achievements include six gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and European and World Championships, and a silver medal in the 1500m race at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Since retiring from competitive sport, Steve has become a television commentator - working for Eurosport and Channel 4, before becoming the Chief Athletics commentator for the BBC.
In his lecture Steve, who is also Chairman of the English Institute of Sport, will address how sport impacts economy and will draw on his own career and experiences.
Paul Houghton, Principal Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Leeds Met, commented: "With a sporting career spanning three decades, Steve is one of the UK's best-known sports personalities. We are delighted for him to be a part of the Leeds Business School lecture series, particularly in his role as an Ambassador of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, which sees him attend business events and visit local community organisations such as schools and athletics clubs."
Steve coaches Leeds Met's BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduate, Laura Weightman who represented Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics, where she qualified for the 1500m final, finishing 11th in her first major championship.
This is just one in a series of seven guest lectures by the Leeds Business School to be held before Christmas. Future sessions include Founder of Steve Edge Design Ltd, Steve Edge and Managing Director of Webmart, Simon Bitcliffe.