Tanni Grey-Thompson UK
- Britain’s greatest Paralympic athlete
- Won 11 Paralympic gold medals
- 6-time winner of the London Wheelchair Marathon
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of Europe’s greatest Paralympic athletes. She competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 gold medals, and won the London Wheelchair Marathon a total of six times. She is acknowledged as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation.
Tanni was a consultant to the London 2012 Olympics, is a Laureus Sport for Good Trustee, a Transport for London board member and an International Inspiration Ambassador for UNICEF.
In 2005 she was made ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE for her services to sport and in 2010 she was elevated to the UK’s House of Lords as a “people’s peer”. With specialist interest in sport, disability, health and youth development she sits on the cross benches, bringing a wealth of experience and authority to the House.
She has also been the Chancellor of Northumbria University since July 2015.
A very strong communicator, Tanni is brilliant at motivating and inspiring an audience, be it a small gathering of CEOs or a large room of employees. In everything that she does her lively personality and down-to-earth humour shine through. In December 2019, she was given the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.