Stockport Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey unveiled as Visiting Professor of Sport at Manchester Metropolitan University

Safe to say she knows a thing or two about elite level sport.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 23rd January 2024

Stockport’s Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey has been unveiled as Manchester Metropolitan University’s latest faculty member, being named a Visiting Professor of Sport.

The Poynton-born swimmer turned cyclist, who boasts over 40 world titles and a whopping 62 medals overall, is the greatest British Para-athlete of all time, having won a record 17 gold medals across two disciplines and eight different Paralympic Games.

Safe to say with all that silverware, her incredible career which spans more than three decades makes her beyond the perfect person to serve as a university professor on a short-term contract ahead of the Paris 2024, not to mention keeping expertise local as a Greater Manchester native.

Working with Man Met‘s sports scientists on everything from preparation for the Summer Olympic Games to the impact of the menstrual cycle on female sports performance, Storey’s expertise will serve as a vital addition to the uni’s and its “mission to push [the] boundaries of sport and health to improve lives and shape society.”

Sarah Storey has been named as a Visiting Professor in the lead-up to this summer’s Olympics.

Writing in the announcement of her new role, the Director of the MMU Institute of Sport, Professor Tim Cable, said: “As the most successful British Paralympian of all time, as well as someone who has close links to our city through her role as Greater Manchester’s Active Travel Commissioner, I am delighted to welcome Sarah as a Visiting Professor.


“With her distinguished career and existing links with our University, Sarah will bring a wealth of experience, passion and knowledge that will help us develop our research and ensure it can make a difference to the city of Manchester and [the] wider region.

“Most importantly, we know that the experience that Sarah brings from her success as an elite athlete can have an impact on the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of other people.


“It is this translational approach that will see our Institute of Sport deliver benefits for communities regionally, nationally and across our world.”

Having been given an honorary Master’s degree and doctorate in 2003 and ’09, respectively, the 46-year-old has continued to work with the institution ever since, teaming up with the Institute of Sport between 2011 and 2017 during her own training, as well as using the Manchester Fashion Institute to design a range of leisurewear to complement her elite Storey Racing team’s technical race clothing.

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Speaking on the appointment herself, the sporting icon and 43-time world champion now based in Disley, Cheshire, said: “I’m very excited to take up the role of Visiting Professor at the Institute of Sport.


“It is a huge honour to have the opportunity to work with students across the University and get involved with research projects to really help Manchester Met achieve its goals and ambitions.

“The goals that the University has for its students, staff and wider community really align with my values. I hope to bring a unique perspective to the Institute of Sport through my 33 years’ experience as an elite athlete to help support both the teaching and research that is helping people from all backgrounds to live better and healthier lives through sport and exercise”.

She went on to explain how she started working with the uni “without even really knowing” via their partnership with the British Swimming team and said the offer was one she “simply couldn’t turn down” as she and Team GB look to build an “absolutely perfect” training programme ahead of Paris 2024.

Here’s hoping it’s another tournament draped in plenty of medals.

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