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Tanni Grey-Thompson – a Paralympic legend

As London gears up for the Olympics – with less than 75 days to go – it will be a real treat to see Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson tomorrow.

The UK’s most successful Paralympic athlete of all time, Tanni has won 11 gold Paralympic medals since 1992. Not only is Tanni incredibly talented at what she does on the track, she’s also hugely engaging and inspirational off the track. She’s been very involved in London’s preparations for 2012, having been part of the original bid’s committee and now on the main organising committee. Tanni has many wonderful anecdotes about the past seven years as the ideas turned into reality. It will be fascinating to hear her insights so close to the run-up to the Opening Ceremony in July.


What’s stopping you?

When the stakes are high people can suffer from self-doubt, a lack of motivation or a fear of failure. Overcoming these obstacles is the key to success.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson's haul of Paralympic medals is a result of focus and preparation

Multi Paralympic champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson spoke to Chartwell about the difficulties, particularly in sport, of overcoming poor performance or injury. Baroness Grey-Thompson recognised the importance of having a strong team as well as focus, preparation and determination to achieve long term goals.

Robert Kelsey’s book, What’s Stopping You?, provides a blueprint for overcoming obstacles to success. After a lifetime of self-help addiction, and what he perceived as under-achievement, Robert’s book focuses on the insecurities that can hinder progress in careers, especially the ‘fear of failure’, which Robert calls a ‘mass condition’ affecting many people who are unaware of it.

Sage advice indeed, but can any amount of preparation guarantee success in the most high-pressured of circumstances?

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