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A Celebration of Sporting Excellence

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Guest-speaker Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, 11-times Paralympic Gold Medal Winner & Chancellor of Northumbria University, will reflect on Northumbria’s Paralympic success in Rio where we achieved six medals, including gold, in what proved to be Great Britain’s most prosperous Games since 1968.

She will be joined by triple Paralympic champion & former world-record holder Stephen Miller MBE, Northumbria University alumnus and honorary graduate, and Northumbria University’s para-athletes.

The dinner and auction will be hosted by Northumbria Alumnus, Scott Hastings, former Scotland Rugby International & British Lions Player, and Fabulous Flournoy MBE, player and head coach, Newcastle Eagles.

The dinner will showcase Northumbria University's success as a leading UK institution for performance in sport and raise funds to support continued excellence in disability sport and exercise research at Northumbria University.

The funds raised from the dinner and auction will enable Northumbria University to provide:

  • Disability Sport Scholarships for elite athletes studying and training at Northumbria;

  • research opportunities to create and apply knowledge about sport performance, health and wellbeing; and

  • specialist equipment and technology to enable more students to participate in sport at Northumbria

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Northumbria students representing Great Britain at the Games were: Harriet Lee, who won a silver medal in the Women's 100m breaststroke swimming event; Andrew Mullen, who won a silver medal in the Men's 50m backstroke and two bronze medals, one in the Men's 200m freestyle and the other in the Men’s 100 freestyle event; Claire Cashmore, who has been competing for Great Britain for 12 years, won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke. All three students are studying on our BA (Hons) Leadership and Management programme.

Claire was also part of the Para-swim team alongside Steph Millward, Steph Slater and Alice Tai who took gold in the women's 4x100m medley.

Also competing at the Games was BSc (Hons) Sport Management student, Taka Suzuki, representing Japan in the pool.

We hope you can join us to support the continued development in Disability and Para-Sport at Northumbria University and celebrate the achievements of our Athletes. 

Booking is now open

Individual Tickets £75
Table of Ten £700

Dress code is Black tie

Ticket price includes:
Canapés and drinks reception
Sport inspired three-course dinner with wine
Music by Aukestra*

You can also make a donation and help us to raise funds and continue to support excellence in disability sport and exercise research at Northumbria University. 

*Aukestra are an award winning group of musicians, autistic and non-autistic, who aim to change perceptions of what people can achieve, regardless of background or challenges faced. They aim to produce professional standard music with a motivational edge that the average act simply don't have! 

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