Sarah Storey began her Paralympic career as a swimmer.
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She was only 14 years old when she competed at her first Games in Barcelona where she won 2 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze. She has won medals at every Paralympic Games since. Following the Games in Athens, a recurring ear infection kept her away from the pool so she turned to cycling to keep fit. Sarah’s talents on the bike were spotted by British Cycling and 4 years later at the Beijing Games she won gold at the velodrome and on the road. Sarah became the 1st Paralympian to win an individual non-disabled national title when she won gold in the 3,000m Individual Pursuit at the 2008 National Track Championships in Manchester. Sarah successfully defended this title in 2009. Sarah also competed against non-disabled riders at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 She received an MBE in 1998 and an OBE in 2009 for her services to disabled sport. She took part in the Ride Across Britain – cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End in June 2010 – to help raise money for ParalympicsGB. At the World Championships in 2011 Sarah laid down an impressive marker for the Paralympic Games in London the following year by winning 2 gold in the Individual Pursuit and 500m Time Trial. She competed as Sarah Bailey until she married Barney Storey, who is a cycling sprint pilot. She now lives in Chesire.