SPORTING legend and Sunderland university chancellor Steve Cram is kicking off a series of public talks.
On Thursday, the Olympic Silver medallist and former world 1500-metre champion will be giving his lecture The Team behind the Team.
He will look at the delivery of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the work of the team behind London’s successful bid, and the athletes’ performances, as well as his own experiences of the Games.
Steve, the BBC’s chief athletics commentator and was a London 2012 ambassador, said: “After such an amazing sporting year and following on from one of our most successful medal hauls at an Olympic and Paralympic Games, I’m very much looking forward to sharing my experiences and thoughts on The Team behind the Team.
“Not only were both The Olympics and Paralympics such a success on the sports fields and arenas, the Games themselves had such an impact on the nation as a whole.
“I will look at the planning behind, not just the infrastructure of the Games, but the team working with our elite performers to make sure medal targets were hit and the nation was able to celebrate Team GB success.”
During the 80s, Steve was one of the world’s dominant middle distance runners, setting world records in the 1,500 metres and the mile, as well as being the first man to run 1,500 metres under three minutes and 30 seconds.
Former Sunderland South MP Chris Mullin will be next to give his public lecture on November 8, when he will discuss his widely acclaimed diaries.
The three volumes cover the rise and fall of New Labour, from the night of John Smith’s death in May 1994 to Gordon Brown’s departure from Downing Street.
A book-signing session will follow this talk.
The series will continue with a who’s who of celebrated national figures, including former filmmaker David Puttnam, scientist and documentary maker Robert Winston, children’s writer Terry Deary, newscaster Alastair Stewart, former Education Secretary Estelle Morris, crime writer Val McDermid and BBC historian Michael Wood.
All public lectures take place in the Lecture Theatre, Murray Library, City Campus, Chester Road, from 6pm.
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To book your place at one of the free University of Sunderland Public Lectures, visit www.onlinestore.sunderland.ac.uk.