Creating a Paralympic success story

Our alumna Penny Briscoe OBE has been instrumental in creating the most successful ParalympicsGB teams ever.

Penny graduated from the University in 1988 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She has always been passionate about sport, competing at junior, U23 and senior levels for British Canoeing before transitioning from athlete to performance coach.

Her first Games experience was as a coach at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics. In total she has now delivered, in a variety of roles, at two Summer Olympics, four Winter Paralympics and four summer Paralympics.

She joined the British Paralympic Association (BPA) in 2001, taking on the role of Director of Sport the following year, and has served as Paralympic GB's Chef de Mission since 2014.

Throughout her time with the BPA she has worked tirelessly to support ‘best prepared teams’; teams able to thrive in the Games environment and ultimately able to deliver success when it matters most. Under her leadership ParalympicsGB has achieved record breaking achievements including its first ever winter Games gold medal (Sochi 2014), the best ever Winter Games medal tally (PyeongChang 2018) and its most successful summer Games ever at the Rio 2016 Paralympics where ParalympicsGB won an incredible 147 medals (including 64 golds) placing second overall.

Her transformational role in British Paralympic sport has been formally recognised twice in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, when she was awarded an MBE in 2013 and then an OBE in 2017. Later in 2017 we also awarded Penny an Honorary Degree in recognition of her incredible achievements.

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Penny Briscoe OBE

Penny continues to work with us via her links with the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, supporting our mission to improve knowledge about Paralympic sport and to promote the substantial health and quality of life benefits that can be gained through participation in disability sport and physical activity.

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Banner photo: ParalympicsGB team announcement for PyeongChang 2018, Getty Images