Steve broke the Commonwealth Record for the 200m Butterfly when he won the US National Championships as a visitor in Seattle in 2000 (beating a very young Michael Phelps in the process)
In the 2004 Games in Athens, Steve won Britain’s first Olympic swimming medal in eight years. He finished third behind Michael Phelps and Takashi Yamamoto. Steve beat Michael Phelps in the semi-final. He and Michael Rock, also from Stockport Metro, are the only swimmers to have beaten Phelps in his best event, the 200m Butterfly, since 2003.
Steve represented England and Great Britain at every major competition – European Championships, Commonwealth Games, World Championships  and Olympic Games,  and won medals at European long and short course championships and  Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
After retiring, Steve set up (with his former SM training partner Adrian Turner) Total Swimming, a company that promotes swimming. He also hosted his own show on BBC Radio Merseyside and is a key part of the BBC sport team that covers swimming at international events.