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5th December 2012, 3:47pm  (updated 6th December 2012, 2:20pm)
Steve Cram MBE gives “Great Minds” series a winning start
Steve Cram Steve Cram MBE got the University of Lincoln’s “Great Minds” schools series off to a winning start.

The first event of the University’s new programme of inspirational talks by well-known public figures was held on Wednesday 5th December 2012.  

Sporting legend Steve Cram gave an audience to pupils from secondary schools across the region in a packed lecture hall on the University’s main Brayford Pool Campus.

The event was organised by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Lincoln Bank Business and Private Banking Centre, based in Regatta Way, Lincoln.

Television presenter and motivational speaker Steve Cram’s many athletic achievements include six gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the European and World Championships.

Steve is a British icon recognised as one of the finest athletes of his generation. He is a World, Olympic, European and Commonwealth medallist as well as three-time World Record holder during his illustrious athletic career. He was recognised for his achievements by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the year in 1983, and receiving an MBE in 1986.

Steve began his broadcast career in 1995 with Eurosport and joined the BBC in 1998. He is the BBC’s chief athletics commentator and has co-presented the last three Summer Olympic Games as well as the Winter Olympics in 2002 and 2010.

Outside of broadcasting Steve is involved with the English Institute of Sport and is also the Founder and Chairman of COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas), a worldwide charity set up to break down barriers to child education and reduce infant mortality.

Speaking as part of the University’s Great Mind series, he relayed his thoughts to his young audience on the importance of preparation.

Steve Cram said: "Sport brings into the public eye some wonderful stories of human achievement, but it's too easy to overlook all the years of hard work and training that culminate in that glorious moment on the winners' podium. You don't start out saying, "I'm going to run a five-minute mile" - you need to steadily build up your fitness levels first. You also need to enjoy the journey, whatever your ability. That to me is the inspiration that young people should take from our Olympic heroes: the knowledge that all that time preparing for that one big moment is time well-spent. I very much enjoyed taking part in this first event in the University of Lincoln's new Great Minds series."

Elly Sample, Director of Communications, Development and Marketing at the University of Lincoln, said: “Great Minds is the University of Lincoln's new series of inspiring talks by internationally-recognised figures that have excelled in their chosen fields - be it in the media, sport, science, the arts or industry. Our aim is to encourage young people to draw on the wisdom of these eminent individuals and apply these life lessons in the classroom. The University will be inviting schools and colleges from across the UK to bring their students to these free events. Each talk in the Great Minds series will detail how our speakers rose to be considered leading lights in their chosen professions. We hope that our young audiences will be inspired to emulate them by understanding the qualities like ambition, hard work and talent that real success is built on.”

Admission to the Great Minds series is by invitation only but schools who would like to discuss future visits should contact the University of Lincoln’s Events Office on or 01522 837100.

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