Tanni Grey-Thompson, speaker

Tanni Grey-Thompson

A popular TV presenter for the BBC and S4C in Wales, Grey-Thompson has won 11 gold Paralympic medals and the London Wheelchair Marathon 6 times.

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About Tanni Grey-Thompson


Career Achievements:

  • Paralympic Games Gold - 100m, Barcelona, 1992
  • Gold - 200m, Barcelona, 1992
  • Gold - 400m, Barcelona, 1992
  • Gold - 800m, Barcelona, 1992
  • Gold - 800m, Atlanta, 1996
  • Gold - 100m, Sydney, 2000
  • Gold - 200m, Sydney, 2000
  • Gold - 400m, Sydney, 2000
  • Gold - 800m, Sydney, 2000
  • Gold - 100m, Athens, 2004
  • Gold - 400m, Athens, 2004
  • Silver - 4 x 100m, Barcelona, 1992
  • Silver - 100m, Atlanta, 1996
  • Silver - 200m, Atlanta, 1996
  • Silver - 400m, Atlanta, 1996
  • Bronze - 400m, Seoul, 1988
  • IPC Athletics World Championships
  • Gold - 200m, Birmingham, 1998
  • Gold - 200m, Assen, 2006
  • Silver - 400m, Birmingham, 1998
  • Silver - 800m, Birmingham, 1998
  • Silver - 800m, Assen, 2006
  • Bronze - 400m, Assen, 2006
  • Paralympic Word Cup 1st - 100m (2005)
  • 1st - 400m (2005)
  • 2nd - 200m (2007)

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Eleven time Paralympic Gold Medalist
  • MBE
  • Television Presenter
  • Speaker

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • One of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the United Kingdom - Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4 (2013)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - University of East London (2011)
  • Member of the Gorsedd - National Eisteddfod (2009)
  • DBE (2005)
  • BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year (1992) (2000) (2004)
  • Pro-Chancellor of Staffordshire University (2005)
  • OBE (2000)
  • Helen Rollason Award (2000)
  • MBE (1993)
  • Tanni Grey-Thompson has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by numerous UK universities
  • Trustee V (charity)
  • Member - Cabinet Sports Honours Committee
  • Advisor - Vodaphone Foundation
  • Non-Executive Director - UK Athletics
  • Visa Olympic Great - Visa Europe
  • Board Member - Transport for London
  • Chair - Commission on the Future of Womens Sport

Speaking Style

Tanni Grey-Thompson truly inspires her audience as she discusses motivation, diversity and achievement and sheds light on the way it feels to go against the odds to reach the highest goals.

Now a popular TV presenter for the BBC and for S4C in her native Wales, Tanni Grey-Thompson rose to international acclaim as a sportsperson. A highly successful wheelchair racer, she competed at top levels of the sport, winning sixteen Paralympic Medals and six IPC World Championship Medals. In addition to this, she also won the London Wheelchair Marathon six times and held more than 30 world records.

In addition to her work presenting on television and radio, Grey-Thompson has appeared as a guest on numerous shows and works with a number of charities. Over the years, she has worked tirelessly to advance causes associated with disability and disability sport. In 2010, she was appointed to the House of Lords and her full title is now Baroness Grey-Thompson, of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham.

As a child, Tanni Grey-Thompson was determined not to let the fact she was a wheelchair user stand in her way. In her early years, she demonstrated much of the willpower and tenacity she is known for today and enjoyed an active childhood, swimming, horse-riding and participating in a number of other sports and activities. Grey-Thompson graduated from the University of Loughborough with a BA (Hons) in Politics and Social Administration

Speaking Topics

  • Going for Gold
  • The London Olympics
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation
  • Diversity


"Tanni was a sensation, they loved her" - Asda

"Securing Tanni Grey Thompson was an outstanding move" - The National Conference for Senior Women in Policing

"Tannis talk was excellent personable, inspiring and very amusing." - Accenture

"I think when we first spoke that I said we were after the wow factor to close the event - we certainly got it with Dame Tanni" - Claire Kennedy, Business Services Manager, MacIntyre

"Tanni held the audience spellbound with an entertaining mix of inspiring achievements and amusing anecdotes, which together produced a strong and powerful motivational message about what can be accomplished through dedication and determination as well as talent." - John Palmer, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Sheffield Hallam University

Books By Tanni Grey-Thompson

  • Seize the Day: My Autobiography (2001)
  • Aim High (2007)

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