Dame Sarah Storey is one of Great Britain's most decorated and most versatile athlete's, and the most successful female Paralympian in history — having won 14 Gold, 8 Silver and 3 Bronze medals across an impressive 7 Paralympic Games.
In an international career that has spanned 20 years, Sarah Storey has a unique and inspiring story, not least because she has also won some of her gold as an able-bodied athlete, Great Britain's first disabled athlete to do so.
Having competed for the Great Britain Paraswim team from 1992 until 2005, Sarah found her second sport of cycling by accident. Forced out of the water for much of 2005 with a series of ear infections, much of Sarah's conditioning work that year was done on a bike and by the end of that year she had broken the world record for the Paracycling 3,000m Individual Pursuit.
The decision to switch into full-time cycling was not an easy one, but since that switch Sarah has built on her solid foundation from the pool and now rides as a successful able-bodied cyclist alongside her Paracycling programme.
In 2010 Sarah competed for Team England at the Commonwealth Games, placing 6th in the Women's Indvidual Pursuit (non disabled event) and then in 2011, Sarah was a part of a highly successful GB Team Pursuit Squad who missed the 3,000m World Record by 0.188s as they claimed victory at the Manchester World Cup.
At the 2012 London Paralympic Games won an incredible four Gold Medals in both track and road cycling.
As well as her successful resume, Dame Sarah Storey OBE has battled chronic fatigue syndrome, an eating disorder, broken bones and blatant disability discrimination. She has also successfully completed a Sports Science Degree and has been a volunteer coach for over 15 years. Her philosophical view and ability to allows look for the positives from a bad situation mean her style is both refreshing and infectious.
Sarah has travelled the world as an ambassador for disabled sport, was awarded the MBE in the 1998 New Years Honours List for her services to swimming for people with disabilities and then received an OBE in the 2009 New Years Honours List for her services to disabled sport. In 2013, as recognition for her longevity in Parasport and incredible successes, Sarah storey was made a Dame in the New Year's Honours list, giving her the official title of Dame Sarah Storey DBE.
Sarah Storey is also passionate about the opportunities for young people in life and comes highly recommended as a mentor for young people and the challenges they face growing up. As well as public speaking Sarah has a vast experience in the media and is a popular blogger.