Tanni Grey-Thompson to give talk in Sunderland

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
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ONE of the world’s most inspirational sportswomen is coming to Sunderland.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will launch the University of Sunderland’s free Discover series of lectures next month.

Tanni Grey-Thompson made her Paralympic debut for great Britain in Seoul in 1988, picking up bronze in the 400metres.

Four years later she won gold in the 100, 200, 400 and 800metres, and a silver in the 4x100m relay in Barcelona, as well as claiming the first of six London Wheelchair Marathon titles.

The golden streak continued in the 800metres in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, along with silver in the 100, 200 and 400metres.

At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, she took gold in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres, followed up by gold in the 100metres and 400metres at Athens in 2004, aged 35.

She picked up her last gold medal in the 200metres at the 2006 World Championship in Assen and announced her retirement the following year. Since retiring from competition she has carved out a successful career as a TV presenter and in 2010 was appointed to the House of Lords, where she serves as a crossbench peer.

Her talk, “Seize the Day” is on Thursday, February 12, at the Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre, at St Peter’s Campus.

Doors open at 6pm and all are welcome. Free parking is available on campus from 5.30pm.

The Discover series of lectures continues with an Olympic theme, when Tanni Grey-Thompson hands over the baton to former athlete and the BBC’s chief athletics correspondent Steve Cram, who presents “Why We Should Host Major Events in the UK” on February 25.

To book a place at any of the Discover events, visit www.sunderland.ac.uk/discoverseries

For more information email events@sunderland.ac.uk, or call 515 3169.