medallist Steve Cram MBE has described the UK athletics system as
the ‘envy of the world’ as competitors enter the critical stages of
their preparation for the 2012 London Games.
At a guest lecture at the University of Wolverhampton, Steve
described the vital role coaches and mentors have in the success of
individual athletes and teams.
The event at the Wolverhampton City Campus was attended by
students, staff and invited guests.
Olympic silver medallist Steve said: “We have such a good
training system in the UK now. The athletes have had a personal
coach and mentor, a nutritionist, a physiotherapist, psychologists,
performance analysts – people who understand high performance and
the individual athlete.
“No-one does it on their own – the coaching, mentoring and
support systems are there for a reason. The people that draw on
them the most, get the most out of them. The British system is the
envy of the world now.”
Steve, who is now the BBC’s chief athletics commentator, spoke
about his early career and the influential role of his own coach,
Jimmy Hedley, in his success.
He added that this summer’s Olympic Games would be a ‘fabulous’
event for the country.
“Whether you have tickets or not, it is going to be a fabulous
Games. It never fails to take the country that is hosting it by
“The atmosphere in London will be fantastic.”
Steve and the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff
Layer, who are both Sunderland fans, were presented with Wolves
football shirts at the lecture yesterday (Thursday, 19 January
Professor Layer said: “We were delighted to welcome Steve to
Wolverhampton to talk about the impact of coaches and mentors on
his successful career. Steve is an inspirational figure to many and
I’m sure everyone enjoyed hearing his insights into this summer’s
During his career, Steve Cram set world records in the 1500
metres, 2000 metres and the mile and was the first man to run 1500
metres in under three minutes and 30 seconds.
Notable achievements include winning the 1500 metres gold medal
at the 1983 World Championships and also the 1500 metres silver
medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.
Voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1983, Steve is now
the BBC's chief athletics commentator.
He is also Chancellor of the University of Sunderland and an
Ambassador for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank.
Picture: Steve Cram MBE and the University of
Wolverhampton’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer, were
presented with Wolves football shirts at the lecture.
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