The Paralympian, crossbench peer in the House of Lords, broadcaster and Olympic speaker Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of the UK’s most successful Paralympic athletes, having competed in five Paralympic Games and won 11 gold and four silver medals as well as a bronze that she won in her first Paralympics. She also won five gold, four silver and three bronze medals while competing in the World Championships.
Christened Carys Davina – Tanni comes from her sister calling her “tiny” after she was born – this incredible athlete became a Dame in 2005 for her services to sport. Five years later, she was given a life peerage.
Grey-Thompson’s first win came in the 1992 London Wheelchair Marathon, after which she won four gold medals at the Barcelona Paralympics later the same year. Her wins were in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races while she also won a silver in the 4 x 100m relay. At the same games, the Olympic speaker managed to be the first woman to break the 400m one-minute barrier.
Four years later in Atlanta, Tanni came first in the 800m and second in the 100m, 200m and 400m races. Another four years later in 2000 at the Sydney Paralympics, Grey-Thompson’s haul of gold medals was supplemented by wins in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m distances. Tanni appeared in her last Games in 2004 in Athens where she won gold in the 100m and 400m.
Grey-Thompson is now on the boards of London Marathon, Sportsaid Foundation, Transport for London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the London 2017 Organising Committee. She is also Chancellor of Northumbria University.
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