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Tanni Grey-Thompson

The Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE
BA in Politics and Social Administration, 1991
Hon DTech, 2001

One of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, Tanni Grey-Thompson crowned a magnificent career with two gold medals in the 100m and 400m at the 2004 Athens Paralympics.

Tanni won two silvers and a bronze at the World Championships in 1990 and gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and marathon in the World Wheelchair Games in 1991, the same year she graduated with an honours degree in Politics and Social Administration from Loughborough.

This achievement took her remarkable medal haul over 16 years and five Paralympic Games to 11 gold, three silver and a bronze, establishing her as one of the most gifted sportswomen of her generation. She also won the London Wheelchair Marathon six times between 1992-2002.

Now retired, she still plays an active role in sports administration. She is the Vice-President of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and a Non-Executive Director of UK Athletics. She is also a member of the board of the London Marathon, Transport for London, and the LOCOG Diversity Committee.

In 2005, she was made a Dame for her services to sport and, in March 2010, was appointed to the House of Lords as a non-party political crossbench peer, becoming Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE.