Considered one of the greatest Paralympians to have represented Great Britain, Tanni Grey-Thompson is a global ambassador for disability sport. Winning 11 Paralympic Gold medals, 4 silver and a bronze, as well as breaking 30 track world records, Tanni is regarded as one of the most courageous sportswomen of all time. Drawing on her extensive experience at the highest level of the sporting world, Tanni now offers insight on peak performance, leadership and motivation as a popular after-dinner speaker.
Unfortunately suffering from the condition Spina Bifida, Tanni was confined to a wheelchair from the age of 7. Determined to push the boundaries, Tanni began wheelchair racing at the age of 13. At just 17 she joined the Rookwood paraplegic club in Cardiff and from there she began her competitive career, representing Great Britain in 1988 at the Seoul Paralympics. Tanni won her first medal, returning with a bronze in the 200 meters.
Most recently Tanni claimed the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 BBC Sports Personality Awards. A testament to her achievements as an athlete, Tanni continues to be an influential figure in the sporting industry, forming part of the successful London 2012 Games coverage. Increasing her commitments away from the track, Tanni is a current member of parliament, the vice-president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a patron of the British Sports Trust and has sat on the board for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
The true embodiment of drive and determination, Tanni is an expert in overcoming adversity and has strived throughout her career to increase diversity and inclusion in sports. A popular motivational speaker, Tanni’s driven persona is contagious. Drawing on her own personal experiences of tacking diversity and disabled rights, Tanni relates to her audiences on a personal level, and encourages corporate clients to improve their inclusive policies. An engaging addition to any event, Tanni is available for your next corporate function, virtual event or webinar.
“An excellent key note presentation at the Towards World Class HR in the North West Conference. Thank you for your valuable contribution.”
“The presentation was outstanding. A talk that met the aims of the conference. The audience were completely engaged.”
“Very engaging and open about her experiences. She had some very clear messages. Tanni was also very funny, and giving of her time.”