Tanni Grey-Thompson(1969-), Wheelchair racer; Paralympian and sports administrator; London 2012 Ambassador
Carys Davina ('Tanni') Grey-Thompson, Baroness Grey-Thompson
Sitter in 4 portraits
Born with spina bifida and a wheelchair user from the age of eight, Welsh-born Grey-Thompson is the UK's most successful Paralympian. She has won twenty-two paralympic and world championship medals, including thirteen golds in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres. She has also won the annual London Marathon six times. Grey-Thompson has worked extensively to gain equal rights for disabled people, and she received an MBE in 1993 and an OBE in 2000 for services to sport. She was an Ambassador for the London 2012 bid team and plays an active part in disability sport and sports administration. Created a Dame in 2005, Grey-Thompson has been a crossbench peer in the House of Lords since 2010.
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