College Students Inspired By Special Visit
Wed, 2002-10-02 01:00
Students from East Durham College heard today from a very special visitor about his inspirational career, former world champion middle distance runner and north east legend Steve Cram.
Steve, who won gold at the European and Commonwealth Championships along with the World Championships and a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, visited the College to talk to the sport students about his successful career on and off the track and what made him a top athlete.
As well as the sport students, Steve also met with media students to talk about his successful move into broadcasting and how he got his role as the BBC’s Chief Athletics Commentator.
After the question and answer session, Steve toured the College’s state-of-the-art Peterlee Campus with members of the sports staff and sports students.
Steve said: “It was great to get a chance to come and meet some of the students and they all had some very good questions.
“It was nice to get a chance to talk about both parts of my career and be able to give some advice to both the sport students and the media students.
“I’m really impressed with the facilities at the College.”
East Durham College elite rugby player and sport student, Adam Keeler, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to get the chance to talk to someone like Steve.
“He had a fantastic career and it was really inspiring to hear what it was like to be a professional athlete, how he trained and how he had to stay focused throughout his career to achieve his goals.
“I’m sure his advice will really help me in the future."
A warm welcome to a special guest: College Principal Suzanne Duncan, student Amy Etherington, Steve Cram, rugby scholar Lee Little and East Durham College Chair of the Corporation David Butler.