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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain's greatest Paralympic athlete. She competed in five Paralympic Games winning 11 gold medals, 4 silvers and 1 bronze and is acknowledged as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation. In addition to her outstanding Paralympic achievements, between 1992 and 2002 she won the London Wheelchair Marathon a total of six times.


About Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Retirement has not slowed her down and Tanni has gone on to play a prominent role in public life. In 2005 she was made ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE for her services to sport, while in 2010 she was elevated to the House of Lords as a crossbench peer. With a particular focus on sport, disability, health, welfare and youth development she has made significant contributions to debates on welfare reform, assisted dying and sports governance.

Amongst other positions she is a Non-Executive Director of the BBC, sits on the board of TfL, is Chair of ukactive, Chancellor of Northumbria University and President of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. She also acts as an ambassador for UNICEF, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the sport for social change movement Beyond Sport.

She is also a respected authority on disability sporting issues, a key part of the BBC’s Paralympic coverage team and a regular television and radio broadcast journalist. Most recently, Tanni has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year show.

Speech Topics
  • Achieving your goals
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Teamwork and the power of persuasion
  • Driving change
  • Adapting to change
  • Society, community and the power of sport
  • Diversity
  • Women in Leadership
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"Tanni gave a real insight into what it takes to be a top athlete and to remain there for a period of 16 years. The daily motivation required to sustain this level of performance was an inspiration to all present"

"Our remit was simple, ‘Tell your story for the heart’ Tanni was superb she provided the perfect insight into her life as an athlete, sports celebrity and now a mum - a real inspiration. Her delivery was relaxed and anecdotal and was exactly what was required."

CIPD National Conference

"Tanni Grey-Thompson was an outstanding speaker at the BAOT Conference 2003,Glasgow, with over a third of the delegates stating that her speech was the highlight of the conference"

Michelle Crouch, Regional Officer, England College Occupational Therapists


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