Elite sports guru coming back to the city

Dr Stephen McGregor
Dr Stephen McGregor
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One of the country's leading fitness experts is returning to Sunderland for a lecture.

Dr Stephen McGregor was a graduate of the first cohort of the Sport and Exercise Sciences department at the University of Sunderland in 1995 and has since gone on to an incredible career working within elite sport.

He’s been credited with transforming the fitness regimes of golfers Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, and was amongst the first practitioners to introduce sports science to professional football in England at Leeds United, Aston villa and Manchester City.

Now, he is working with the Lawn Tennis Association to help shape the future of British tennis.

In addition he's worked as consultant for GlaxoSmithKline, PepsiCo and Adidas, is a brand ambassador and consultant physiologist for Nike and was part of the Ryder Cup European Team Support from 2010-2014.

He is also director at the newly opened £17million Manchester Institute of Health and Performance and will be delivering a talk about his career and achievements to date - From Liverpool to the World of Elite Sport via Sunderland, tomorrow at City Campus, Chester Road.

Current students are being invited to the event, which is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Dr McGregor said: “I was delighted to hear from my old university and I am very happy to take the opportunity to speak about my career and the varied roles that I have undertaken. I am sure that much will have changed since my time at Sunderland and I look forward to meeting with former colleagues and students.”

Lecturer, Ian Whyte, said: “It's heartening to welcome back such a strong ambassador for our department. Dr McGregor has forged a path of excellence from his student days until now, and, in this 21st year of graduates from our programmes, is a shining beacon and role model to all of our students.”

With a BSc physiology and sport science degree from Sunderland, Dr McGregor went on to earn a PhD in physiology at Loughborough University.

Following the completion of his studies he was appointed as an academic member of staff at Sunderland and then Durham University.

Dr McGregor’s lecture will then take place at 6.30pm in Murray Library Lecture Theatre.