Loughborough Alumni


Tanni Grey-Thompson

16 Dec 2019

BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement award for Baroness Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE won the Lifetime Achievement award on 15 December at the 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY).

The Lifetime Achievement award is given to someone who has made a major impact on the world of sport during their career.

The eleven-time Paralympic champion won 16 Paralympic medals, her first at Seoul in 1988, and broke 30 track records during her athletic career.

She won the London Marathon six times between 1992 and 2002 as well as becoming world champion five times.

At the age of 17, she joined the GB Wheelchair Racing squad, having found her love for the sport in her early teenage years.

Presented her Lifetime Achievement award on Sunday by former track cyclist, Sir Chris Hoy, Baroness Grey-Thompson said:

“I never thought as a young Welsh girl who had a dream of playing sport, when I was watching this programme, that one day I'd be in the audience, let alone on the stage.”

Baroness Grey-Thompson has been recognised for her achievements at SPOTY in previous years, winning the Helen Rollason Award and finishing third in the Sports Personality of the Year award in 2000.

She is the second Loughborough graduate to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award after Lord Sebastian Coe KBE won the award in 2012.

She was appointed MBE in 1993, and OBE in 2000, before becoming a Dame in 2005. In 2010, Tanni was appointed to the House of Lords as a crossbench peer, becoming Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe.

The alumna graduated from the University in 1991 with a degree in Politics and Social Administration. She was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University in 2001 and inducted into the Loughborough Sport Hall of Fame in 2011.

Congratulations to Baroness Grey-Thompson.

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