Dare to Tri – TV’s Dr Louise Minchin gives free public lecture.

Posted on 9th January 2017

BBC TV presenter Louise Minchin will share her knowledge of television and the challenges of taking part in triathlons, when she delivers a free public lecture at the Warrington Campus of the University of Chester.

Dr Louise Minchin. Credit: Ede and Ravenscroft
Dr Louise Minchin. Credit: Ede and Ravenscroft

One of television’s best known faces, Louise will give a free public lecture, Dare to Tri, on Tuesday, January 24 at 6.30pm in the Lance Dobson Hall.

Dr Louise Minchin, who received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University in 2014, presents Breakfast on BBC One, the UK's most watched morning television programme. In 2016 she was runner-up in Celebrity Masterchef on BBC One. She is also a guest presenter on You and Yours on BBC Radio 4. 

Before joining Breakfast full time in April 2012, Louise was one of the BBC News channel's main presenters and also regularly presented the BBC One O’clock News.

Away from news, Louise has presented five series of Missing Live, her own daytime series commended in Parliament for its work reuniting families. She has also presented five series of Real Rescues on BBC One.

Louise’s interest in triathlons began after an Olympic-inspired contest back in 2012 when the BBC Breakfast presenters were challenged to a cycling competition around the velodrome at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

When a friend suggested she might enjoy triathlon, Louise signed herself up and hasn’t looked back. In 2015 she competed for Britain in her age group at the ITU World Championships in Chicago.

She is patron of The Countess of Chester Babygrow Appeal, and is a long-term supporter of BBC Children in Need.

Professor Annette McIntosh-Scott, Provost of the Warrington Campus, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Dr Louise Minchin to the University. It is especially fitting that the Warrington Campus is home to our programmes in TV Production and her words will inspire the television makers of the future.

“We hope as many members of the public, staff and students will join us for this unique insight into the career of one of television’s most famous faces.”

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Visit www.tinyurl.com/DareToTri.