Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain's best-known and greatest Paralympic athlete, a BBC Sports Personality of the Year and holder of the OBE and DBE. Despite being born with spina bifida, she has won 14 Paralympic medals and a whole slew of international sporting awards.
A truly remarkable woman, Tanni speaks at corporate events and dinners incisively about sporting issues and revels how she set about becoming a world-class athlete. Her presentations are moving, emotional and, above all else, incredibly inspirational as she shows audiences what it is possible to achieve if you have the drive and the motivation.
Christened 'Carys Davina', when her two-year-old sister, Sian, first sees her, she nicknamed her 'tiny', and very soon afterwards it became Tanni.
Her interest in athletics began when she was a youngster. At 15, she won the Junior National Games representing Wales in the 100m. Having performed at a world class level for the past ten years, she was a consistent medal winner in World Championships. She won her section of the woman's London Marathon four times in six years.
At the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, she added a brilliant four gold medals to those she accumulated in past Paralympics, winning the 800m, 400m, 200m and 100m. Overall, she has won nine gold medals, four silvers and one bronze in four different Paralympics.
Retirement has not slowed her down and Tanni has gone on to play a prominent role in public life. In 2005 she received the ultimate recognition for her incredible achievements when she was made ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE in The Queen’s New Years Honours list, for services to sport, while in 2010 she was elevated to the House of Lords as a cross-bench peer.
With a particular focus on sport, disability, health, welfare and youth development Tanni Grey-Thompson has made significant contributions to debates on welfare reform, assisted dying and sports governance.
Amongst other positions she is chair of UKactive, sits on the board of Transport for London, the board of the London Legacy Development Corporation, is a member of the BBC Independent Diversity Action Group, Chancellor of Northumbria University and is President of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. She also acts as an ambassador for UNICEF, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the sport for social change movement Beyond Sport.
During London 2012, Tanni Grey-Thompson was a key part of the BBC’s on screen team, presenting on both the Olympics and Paralympics. In the process she became the first Paralympian to commentate on Olympic sport, making the point that the emotions and experiences of elite sports people are universal across the board.
A down-to-earth person with a plucky sense of humour and real humility Tanni is an excellent speaker and is highly sought-after by organisations eager to hear her story and benefit from her inspirational message.