Tanni has received numerous accolades and awards in recognition of her Paralympic and sporting achievements, she was awarded third place in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2000, has become BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year three times been taken the title ’Welsh Woman of the Year’. In 2000 Tanni was decorated with the OBE in the Millennium New Years Honours List in honour of her services to sport.
Tanni’s most prestigious accolade has been her election to the Laureus World Sports Academy alongside such sporting legends as Pele, Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan, Boris Becker, Ed Moses and Alberto Tomba, placing her firmly alongside the world’s leading sporting celebrities.
Tanni has been voted one of only four British sportswomen to appear in the book ’50 British Sporting Greats’ published by Cassell’s in October 2002, highlighting the high esteem that Tanni is held in the eye of the British public.
In a poll undertaken by Ouch the BBC’s disability website during January 2003 Tanni was voted the third greatest Briton of all time behind Professor Stephen Hawkins and the late rock star Ian Dury, Other distinguished names in the poll listing included World War 2 hero Douglas Barder, Sir Winston Churchill, Admiral Lord Nelson and Lord Byron.
In 2002 Tanni received ‘The Walpole Best British Sporting Achievement Award’ and ‘The Commonwealth Games Sports Award for Best Female Disabled Athlete’.
Tanni has continued to expand her broadcasting and media experiences, writing articles for several leading newspapers including the Daily Mail and the Guardian and has featured in various household magazines such as ‘Best’ and ‘Good Housekeeping’. Always in constant demand by radio, Tanni has made numerous guest appearances on Radio Four, Radio Five Live and BBC Manchester, BBC Wales and is often heard on Radio Cleveland presenting a breakfast slot.
As much a loved and respected individual both on and off the track, Tanni has appeared on many high profile media programmes such as: BBC Question Time; Breakfast with Frost: The Weakest Link; Grandstand; A Question of Sport; Countryside; It’s My Funeral; My Favourite Hymns; CBBC’s Blue Peter; They Think It’s All Over and various lifestyle programmes such as ‘Gloria Hunniford’ and GMTV. Tanni has been a presenter’s for BBC Wales X-Ray Programme, a watchdog programme addressing issues beyond the scene of sport.
Tanni is articulate and well informed; she is an exceptional conference and motivational speaker and can tailor presentations to the individual needs of clients. She is able to interact with a wide range of people, from young school children to seasoned corporate executives such as Lloyds TSB, Accenture and Price Waterhouse.
Tanni has played an active role within sports administration, which has included the membership of the United Kingdom Sports Council, the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games Organising Council Association and patronage of Sport Leaders UK.
Born in Cardiff in 1969, Tanni was educated at St. Cyres Comprehensive School and subsequently obtained an honours degree at Loughborough University. Tanni now lives in Redcar with her husband, Dr. Ian Thompson and their daughter Carys, who was born in February 2002.
Our remit was simple, ‘Tell your story for the heart’
Tanni was superb she provided the perfect insight into her life as an athlete, sports celebrity and now a mum - a real inspiration. Her delivery was relaxed and anecdotal and was exactly what was required.
CIPD National Conference Olympia London 03
Tanni gave a real insight into what it takes to be a top athlete and to remain there for a period of 16 years. The daily motivation required to sustain this level of performance was an inspiration to all present.
‘Inner Strength’ Seminar June 02 Guinness
Inspirational and motivational Tanni provided a thought provoking insight into the personal issues of overcoming barriers on a daily basis.
National Housing Federation’s Finance Conference March 03
'Tanni Grey-Thompson was an outstanding speaker at the BAOT Conference
2003,Glasgow, with over a third of the delegates stating that her speech was
the highlight of the conference'
Michelle Crouch Regional Officer- England College Occupational Therapists