Did you know what you wanted to do with your life when you were 13? Tanni Grey-Thompson certainly did; and her dream took her to 5 Paralympic Games, winning 16 medals, 11 of them gold. Tanni’s incredible determination and competitiveness also resulted in 30 world records and winning the London wheelchair marathon 6 times. Since retiring from competitive sport, Tanni has become a broadcaster, campaigner, motivational speaker and now resides in the House of Lords as a cross-bench peer championing disability rights, welfare reform and, of course, sport!
Subjects Tanni Discusses:
- How Spina Bifida didn’t prevent Tanni from pursuing an active and sporting lifestyle.
- How it felt to make selection for her first Paralympic Games at Seoul 1988, age 19.
- Why Tanni favoured the 400m wheelchair race.
- How she managed fear and doubt at the start line.
- Managing others’ expectations.
- How sport can garner greater resilience.
- How Tanni adjusted to life following retirement from sport.
- How Paralympic success transfers to life in politics.
- Why we’re a nation of sport spectators, not participants. And what that means for society.
- The legacy of London 2012.
- What policy would Tanni implement in primary schools if she could.
- What’s driving Tanni now.