Join the Caledonian Sporting Conversation with Olympic gold medalist Katherine Grainger

30 April 2014

Join the Caledonian Sporting Conversation with Olympic gold medalist Katherine Grainger

Dr Katherine Grainger CBE

Britain’s most successful female rower Katherine Grainger will address Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) students, staff, alumni, sport industry professionals, and members of the public at the city centre campus on Wednesday, May 7.

The inaugural Caledonian Sporting Conversation will include an interview with the Olympic gold medalist, followed by a question and answer session. The event will celebrate sport, ahead of one of the world’s biggest sporting events taking place in Glasgow this summer, the Commonwealth Games, and will also mark the official launch of the University’s Sport and Identities Research Cluster.

Dr Katherine Grainger CBE, an Honorary Graduate of GCU and Glasgow-born, will reflect on her triumphant Olympic journey, winning gold in the double scull in London 2012. This achievement followed three silver medal wins in Sydney 2000, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008. She is the only British female athlete from any sport to win medals in four consecutive Olympic Games.

The six-time world champion will discuss the importance of sport in universities and using sport as a force for good. This chimes with GCU’s mission as a University for the common good. She will also speak about the challenge of completing a PhD while training as an elite athlete, having received a doctorate in Law from King’s College, London in 2013.

Katherine was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Glasgow Caledonian University last year, in recognition of her outstanding contribution in the field of sport and to honour her public service and work with charity. She described the award as a privilege and not something, from an athlete’s point of view, you can train for.

Dr John Harris, Reader in International Sport and Event Management from the Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “With the spotlight on Glasgow this summer, and the Ryder Cup in Perthshire two months later, it is a very special year for sport in Scotland. We are honoured to welcome back one of the country’s finest athletes to GCU for our first Caledonian Sporting Conversation.” 

Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow School for Business and Society Professor John Wilson, said:

“Sport has the capacity to do amazing things. Of course by its nature it is competitive, but it can also be a great unifier, transcending, for instance, social class and age groups, as demonstrated by the Olympics and the response to Katherine’s incredible achievements.  This event will show the power of sport and how it can create, in a way no other activity can, significant social benefit.”

The inaugural Caledonian Sporting Conversation will take place at Glasgow Caledonian University, Deeprose Theatre, Govan Mbeki building.

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