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University hosts Britain’s greatest Olympian

In December 2017 Sir Chris Hoy visited campus to speak to experts about the importance of exercise and nutrition.

The former track cyclist was guest of honour at the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference being hosted by Newcastle University.

The seven-time Olympic medallist took part in a Q&A session answering questions on a variety of topics, including his career and general health and fitness.  

In its 8th year, the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference, continues to grow, with academics travelling from as far afield as Australia and the USA to attend.

Emma Stevenson, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at Newcastle University, arranged the conference and will present about antioxidant supplements and their potential health benefits.

She said: “It is fantastic to have a world-leading athlete like Sir Chris Hoy attend the conference and highlight the importance of sport, exercise and nutrition.

“At the event, national and international experts reviewed nutritional issues relevant to anyone who plays sport – from elite sport to those who just want to improve their health through an active lifestyle.”

In 2016, Newcastle announced that it was investing more than £30m in sports facilities and launching a new sports and exercise science degree to further enhance its position among the top sporting universities. The new undergraduate BSc Sports and Exercise Science degree programme, the first in the country to be delivered from a Medical Faculty, began in September 2017.


Chris Hoy on campus

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