Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE

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Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE

Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson is Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete ever and an articulate and exceptional motivational speaker

The 11 times Paralympic Gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson is Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete ever and an articulate and exceptional motivational speaker.

Every year, thousands of people enjoy listening to Tanni speak on the topics of motivation, diversity and achievement.

Baroness Tanni speaks about her childhood and family, how she became a track athlete, her training regime and victories, and the challenges and choices in her life.

She relates her sporting experiences to the importance of planning for success, team work, forward-vision and making dreams come true.

Tanni can provide ‘tailored’ talks with specific references and images on request.

By arrangement, Tanni will sign copies of her autobiography after speaking. Alternatively, Tanni’s Autobiography can be included in delegate packs.

About Baroness Tanni

Tanni was born on 26th July 1969 in Cardiff, Wales and Christened ‘Carys Davina’. When her two-year-old sister, Sian, first sees baby Carys, she lovingly calls her ‘tiny’ or as she pronounces it, ‘tanni’. The name sticks!

Young Tanni has to wear callipers and first uses a wheelchair at the age of seven. From the outset, her parents are supportive and encourage her independent streak. Teachers at Birch Grove Primary School remember her as a little girl determined to find out for herself what she can and can’t do. It isn’t long before Tanni is an accomplished all rounder at sports, enjoying swimming, archery and horse riding.

Rule Brit Tanni

Tanni first tries wheelchair racing at St. Cyres Comprehensive School, age 13. At 15, she shocks everyone by winning the 100 metres at the Junior National Wheelchair Games. At 18, Tanni is a member of the Bridgend Athletics Club, the British Wheelchair Racing Squad and is selected for her first World Wheelchair Games.

A year later, in 1988 at Seoul, Tanni represents Britain and wins her first Paralympic medal, the 400m bronze. Then, spinal surgery forces a year away from the track but incredibly, at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics, Tanni storms to victory taking four gold medals in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres. The same year, she wins her first of six London Wheelchair Marathons.

Tanni wins the 800 metres gold in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics along with three silver medals in the 100, 200 and 400 metres. At the 2000 Sidney Paralympics, 31 year old Tanni returns with a vengeance, striking gold a fabulous four times in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres. In Athens 2004, aged 35, she takes first place in the 100 and 400 metres bringing her Paralympic gold medal tally to an astonishing eleven.

Paralympic Games

  • 2004 Athens – 2 Gold medals in the 100m, and 400m
  • 2000 Sydney – 4 Gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m
  • 1996 Atlanta – 1 Gold medal in the 800m (WR). 3 Silver medals in the 100m, 200m, and 400m
  • 1992 Barcelona – 4 Gold medals in the 100m (WR), 200m, 400m (WR) and 800m
  • 1988 Seoul – 1 Bronze medal 400m

* WR – World Record

World Circuit

  • 6 time winner of the Women’s London Wheelchair Marathon
  • First woman in the world to break one minute for the 400m
  • First British Woman to break two hours for the marathon
  • British Wheelchair Racing Associations Road Race Grand Prix champion 1998 and 2005
  • Current European and British record holder for the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m
  • 30 world records broken
  • World Championship medals – 5 golds, 4 silvers and 1 bronze medal.

Personal Bests

  • 100m – 16.77, Kirby, 2005
  • 200m – 29.66 Atlanta, 2004
  • 400m – 56.28, Langenthal, Switzerland, 2003
  • 800m – 1.51.67, Atlanta, 2004
  • 1500m – 3.35.15, Jona, Switzerland, 1999
  • 5000m – 12.32.61, Jona, Switzerland, 1999
  • 10,000m – 25.39.6, Kirby, England, 1999
  • 10km road – 24.03, Mobile, USA, 1994
  • Half Marathon – 52.17, Great North Run, 1997

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