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 Presenters / 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. Following an incredible season in 1983 Steve was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, one of the few athletes to have won the award, and in 1986 he was awarded an MBE. At the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, Steve returned from injury to take 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 both the Summer and Winter Olympics since Sydney 2000. Most recently he provided the soundtrack for a phenomenal London Olympic Games for Team GB’s athletes, in particular Mo Farah’s stunning 5K and 10K double gold performances. Steve has also been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live including hosting popular 606 and Sunday Sport. Away from the track and the commentating, Steve recently stepped down as 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 of all sports. Closer to home 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. He also fulfils the role of Chairman in his own children’s charity, COCO which he co-founded back in 1999. To date the charity has raised over £4 million for disadvantaged children across the globe. Assisting in providing an education that otherwise would have been impossible. COCO continues to work in a number of countries in Africa and employs 4 members of staff here in the UK. Steve is an excellent corporate/motivational speaker and conference host. He has worked with blue chip clients such as Aviva, HSBC , Allianz, Hewlett Packard and Samsung. He currently represents Atos, Clydesdale/Yorkshire bank, SSE and Nike as ambassador for their brand and business. As a motivational speaker, his presentations draw on experiences and memorable accounts of the magnificent golden era of British Athletics and are extremely well delivered in an inspiring and motivational way. Steve examines the principles of success in the high performance environment and draws parallels with the business community from both a corporate and individual perspective. Now in his capacity as a successful sports broadcaster and presenter Steve’s story and presentation is one of drive, determination, achievement and humour that everyone who hears it can relate to. Steve is also co Director of DS Media and Events which organise the successful Kielder Marathon, Sunderland City 10K and Half Marathon, Worcester City Run and the Durham City Run. Predominantly running events that welcome over 15,000 people annually to enjoy rising to the challenges set.

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