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. 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 the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Athens in 2004 where his commentary of Kelly Holmes' victories will always be well remembered and more recently both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Steve has also been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live including hosting popular 606 and Sunday Sport. 2006 saw Steve front the 'Run for Glory' programme alongside Sally Gunnell, following a number of individuals during their training for the London Marathon. 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.
Away from the track and the commentating Steve is also 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 though 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 in the North East.
Steve is an excellent corporate / motivational speaker and conference host. He has worked with blue chip clients such as Norwich Union, HSBC and Hewlett Packard. 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 a mesmerising, motivational way. Steve works on the principles of success that he's found apply not only to a World Class performer but that work in all areas of business. 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. Working for Success is Steve's ethos and he has the ability to engage an audience easily into this way of thinking.
1993 World Championships, Stuttgart
1991 World Championships, Tokyo
1990 5th - Split, European Championships
1988 4th - 1500m, Seoul Olympic Games
1985 Bronze - 800m, European Championships, Stuttgart
1985 Gold - 1500m, European Championships, Stuttgart
1985 Gold - 1500m, Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh
1985 Gold - 800m, Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh
1985 Winner - 1500m European Cup Final
1985 World Record for 2000m, Budapest - 4:51:39
1985 World Record for Mile, Oslo - 3:46:32
1985 World Record for 1500m, Nice - 3:29:67
1984 Silver - 1500m, Los Angeles Olympic Games
1983 Voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year
1983 Winner - 1500m European Cup Final
1983 Winner - 1500m European Cup Final
1983 Gold- 1500, inaugural World Championships, Helsinki
1981 Member of 4×800m World Record breaking British relay team
1981 Gold - 1500m, Brisbane
1981 Gold - 1500m, Athens Commonwealth Games
1981 Gold - 1500m, European Championships
1980 8th, 1500m, Moscow Olympics
1979 European Junior 3000m Title, Bydgoscz
1979 First English School's 1500m
1978 Commonwealth Games, Edmonton
1978 First 1500m UK age 17 record for 1500m -3:40:01
1978 World Mile best time for a 17 year old - 3:57:04
1977 Set UK age 16 best for 1500m - 3:47:07