TV’s Louise Minchin inspires audience at the Warrington Campus.

Posted on 27th January 2017

Dr Louise Minchin, one of television’s most famous faces as presenter of BBC Breakfast, delivered a talk at the Warrington Campus of the University of Chester this week which focused on her career in the media and her experiences as a new member of Team GB for her achievements in competitive triathlons.

Professor Annette McIntosh-Scott, Provost of the Warrington Campus, Louise Minchin and Professor Lawrence Bellamy, Deputy Provost of the Warrington Campus.
Professor Annette McIntosh-Scott, Provost of the Warrington Campus, Louise Minchin and Professor Lawrence Bellamy, Deputy Provost of the Warrington Campus.

With the headline ‘Dare to Tri’, Louise aimed to motivate and inspire her audience to “just give it a go and put yourself out there…because you never know what you might be really good at.” 

Dr Louise Minchin, who received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University in 2014, is used to addressing an audience of on average 1.6 million on a daily basis, and took to her packed lecture with the same genuine warmth and pragmatism, to which television viewers are accustomed. She spoke about her Breakfast team as being like family and that she considers herself “…a big sister to Dan (Walker)”. She said that she tries to tell viewers the facts in a nice way and confesses to being “a total news nerd”.

Louise studied Spanish at the University of St Andrews before moving to Latin America to take up a role as translator on the BBC’s World Service.

She recalled her most memorable moments as a reporter, which included being on the scene just 24 hours after the Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack in November 2015. She also had to break the news of Colonel Gaddafi’s capture, with just 10 minutes preparation time before she was due to go live on air.

Speaking about her great love and passion for triathlons, Louise referred to the Deva Divas, a short-distance ladies-only triathlon race taking place in Chester. It was here that Louise first discovered her competitive abilities, coming seventh in her age group and 43rd out of 270 competitors. She also spoke about her experiences in the Dambuster Triathlon and World Championships in Chicago, where she qualified for Team GB. Louise said that she was immensely proud of this achievement and honoured to wear the team’s colours and strip.

Guests at the public lecture included University staff, Media students, colleagues from businesses located across the town and wider region and members of the local community.