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Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE

Carys Davina "Tanni" Grey-Thompson, was born in Cardiff on 26 July 1969 with spina bifida. She was christened Carys Davina Grey, but her sister referred to her as "tiny" when she first saw her, pronouncing it "Tanni", and the name stuck. She graduated from Loughborough University in 1991 with a BA(Hons) in Politics and Social Administration. Until her retirement in 2007 with her last appearance for Great Britain at May's Paralympic World Cup in Manchester she was considered to be one of the most successful disabled athletes in the UK.

Her Paralympic career started in the 100m at the Junior National Games for Wales in 1984. Her international career began in 1988 in Seoul, where she won a bronze medal in the 400m. As a young athlete she also competed in wheelchair basketball. Her fifth and last Paralympic Games were in Athens (2004) where she won two gold medals in wheelchair racing in the 100m and 400m. In total in her Paralympic career she won 16 medals (11gold, four silver and a bronze) and also 13 World Championship medals (six gold, five silver and two bronze).

Over her career she won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, held over 30 world records, and won the London Marathon six times between 1992 and 2002.

Tanni Grey-Thompson was named the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year three times; in 1992, 2000 and 2004. In 2000, she came third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, behind Steve Redgrave and Denise Lewis. That year she also received the Helen Rollason Award for her performance at the 2000 Summer Paralympics.

In 1993 she received an MBE for services to sport, in 2000 the OBE for services to sport.

Since 2004

She was appointed a non-executive director for UK Athletics in 2007, and sat on the board of the London Marathon since 2007 and the Board of Transport for London since 2008.

In 2005 was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and then on 23 March 2010, she was created a life peer on the recommendation of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

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