Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

One Of The UK’s Most Successful Paralympic Athletes

Tanni Grey-Thompson

The Paralympian, crossbench peer in the House of Lords, broadcaster and Paralympic speaker Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of the UK’s most successful Paralympic athletes. She competed in five Paralympic Games and won 11 gold and four silver medals, as well as a bronze that she won in her first Paralympic Games. 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.

Tanni’s first win came at the 1992 London Wheelchair Marathon, which was followed by four gold medals at the 1992 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. In her sports speeches, Tanni discusses her journey to sporting gold, taking her audience on a journey from amateur to professional.

Four years later in Atlanta, Tanni came first in the 800m and second in the 100m, 200m and 400m races. Another four years later at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, Tanni’s haul of gold medals was supplemented by wins in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m distances. Tanni appeared in retired following the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games where she won gold in the 100m and 400m.

She is now on the boards of the London Marathon, Sports Aid Foundation, Transport for London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the London 2017 Organising Committee. She is also Chancellor of Northumbria University. As a speaker, Tanni is highly regarded for her expert knowledge and insightful discussions, which range from competing as a disabled athlete to cultivating teamwork.

Most recently Tanni has received an esteemed accolade in reward for her achievements throughout her career. At the 2019 BBC Sports Personality Awards Tanni proved victorious, claiming the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to a special someone who has made a significant contribution to sports throughout their career. Tanni has without a doubt made a significant impact on the sporting industry, with her drive and determination to overcome adversity being central to everything that she does.

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When featuring at events Tanni is known to discuss such topics as:

  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Embracing Challenges
  • Leadership
  • Paralympic Competing
  • Peak Performance


Over the course of her career Tanni earned the following achievements:

  • Four gold medals at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games
  • Gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games
  • Gold medal at the 1998 Birmingham World Championships
  • Five gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games
  • Two gold medals at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games
  • Gold medal at the 2006 Assen World Championships
  • Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 BBC Sports Personality Awards
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