Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE
Tanni first tried wheelchair racing at St. Cyres Comprehensive School, aged 13. At 15 she won the 100 metres at the Junior National Wheelchair Games. At 18, she became a member of the Bridgend Athletics Club, the British Wheelchair Racing Squad and was selected for her first World Wheelchair Games.
In Seoul in 1988, Tanni represented Great Britain at her first Paralympic Games and won her first Paralympic medal, the 400m bronze. Spinal surgery forced Tanni to take a year away from the track and incredibly, at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics, she stormed to victory taking four gold medals in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres. The same year, she won her first of six London Wheelchair Marathons.
Tanni won the 800 metres gold in the Atlanta 1996 Paralympics along with three silver medals in the 100, 200 and 400 metres. At the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, Tanni returned with a vengeance, striking gold another four times in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres. In Athens 2004, aged 35, she took first place in the 100 and 400 metres bringing her Paralympic gold medal tally to an astonishing eleven.
Since her retirement, Tanni has continued to be involved in sport. She is a director of UK Athletics and a member of the board of the London Marathon.
In 2008 Tanni was appointed as a member of Transport for London, where she chairs the Environment, Corporate and Planning Panel, and is a member of the Surface Transport and Safety, Health and Environment Assurance Panels.
In 2010 Tanni was appointed to the House of Lords, where she serves as a non party political crossbench peer. Tanni took the title Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham. Tanni is a working peer and hopes to use her experience and knowledge to great effect in debates in the House.
To find out more about Tanni please visit her website: www.tanni.co.uk