September 2010 For immediate release Sporting Heroes of the North

Former Olympic sprinter Dorothy Hyman will be joining Leeds Metropolitan University Professors Stephen Wagg and Dave Russell next week to officially launch their new book, µSporting Heroes of the North¶.

The book, which will be published in November, aims to provide a rounded account of sporting heroism in the North, as opposed to a collection of biographies of famous sports people.

In its introduction, the authors discuss the ide a of sport heroism in relation to the key regions and sport cultures of the north: the north east, Tyneside, Merseyside, Yorkshire and the north west. It covers a range of sports and historical epochs, boosting the profile of female and black sports people who have become heroes in the north of England.

The book places the sportsmen in their social context ± in relation to the social classes, communities and gender groups which spawned them and it deals critically with the ideas of the social worlds that have historically constituted µup north¶.

Dave Russell joined the University¶s Institute of Northern Studies in November 2007 where he is Professor of History and Northern Studies. Steve Wagg is Professor of Sport and Society at Leeds Metropolitan and ha s been publishing work on the subjects since 1983.

Dorothy Hyman, from South Yorkshire, was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1963 and has won medals in the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and European Championships. Cudworth has been named after her. A stadium in her hometow n of


For further details please contact Carrie Braithwaite in the News and Media team at Leeds Met on 0113 812 3022 or email
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Leeds Metropolitan University has 30,000 students and over 300,000 associate students through its p artnerships with 24 colleges.


The University has achieved its best ever Research Assessment Exercise results. Sports-Related Studies is in the top 6 institutions in the country with research rated at the highest levels of 4* and 3*.


The University¶s award-winning learning environments include the iconic Rose Bowl building, awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property Awards; Broadcasting Place, winner of the 2010 Leeds Architecture Awards New Building category and the pioneering Carnegie Village student accommodation.


Leeds Metropolitan is one of only a handful of UK universities to have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard.


The University is home to The UK Centre for Coaching Excellence for sport and disability sport and is 3rd in the British Universit y and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings.

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