Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain’s best-known Paralympic athlete, having performed at world-class level for over 15 years, in distances ranging from 100m to the marathon.
Tanni’s career has taken her around the world to every major international event. Her 15 Paralympic medals including 11 golds, 6 gold medals in the London Marathon and her comprehensive set of British and World Records make her achievements second to none in the disability sport arena.
Tanni Grey-Thompson has received numerous accolades and awards in recognition of her Paralympic and sporting achievements, awarded third place in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2000, becoming BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year and ’Welsh Woman of the Year’. The year 2000 culminated in Tanni being decorated with the OBE in the Millennium New Years Honours List in honour of her services to sport and in 2004 was awarded a Dame Hood
One of Tanni’s most prestigious accolades has been her election to the Laureus World Sports Academy alongside such sporting legends as Pele, Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan, Boris Becker, Ed Moses and Alberto Tomba, placing her firmly alongside the world’s leading sporting celebrities.
Tanni was voted as one of only four British sportswomen to appear in the book ’50 British Sporting Greats’ published by Cassell’s in October 2002, highlighting the high esteem that Tanni is held in the eye of the British public.
In a poll undertaken by Ouch the BBC’s disability website during January 2003 Tanni was voted the ‘Third Greatest Briton of all Time’ behind Professor Stephen Hawkins and the late rock star Ian Dury, Other distinguished names in the poll listing included World War 2 hero Douglas Barder, Sir Winston Churchill, Admiral Lord Nelson and Lord Byron.
In 2002, Tanni received The Walpole Best British Sporting Achievement Award and The Commonwealth Games Sports Award for Best Female Disabled Athlete.
Tanni has continued to expand her broadcasting and media experiences, writing articles for several leading newspapers including the Daily Mail and The Guardian and has featured in various household magazines such as Best and Good Housekeeping. Always in constant demand by radio, Tanni has made numerous guest appearances on Radio Four and Radio Five Live.
As much a loved and respected individual both on and off the track, Tanni has appeared on many high profile media programmes such as: BBC Question Time; The Weakest Link; Grandstand; A Question of Sport; Countryside; CBBC’s Blue Peter; and various lifestyle programmes such as GMTV.
Motivational Speaker – Seize the Day:
Which Day? Every Day! Dame Tanni’s story lets us appreciate the level of dedication required to achieve at the very highest level. You will also understand why champions don’t win on race day – they win because of the unrelenting drive for success that pushes them on each and every day. Discover the attitude you must develop to achieve success and why it will only work if you Seize the Day.
Speaking topics include:
- Time Management
- Overcoming Adversity
Tanni is articulate and well informed; she is an exceptional conference and motivational speaker and can tailor presentations to the individual needs of clients. She is able to interact with a wide range of people, from young school children to seasoned corporate executives such as Lloyds TSB, Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.