Decorated Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson delivers talk in Sunderland


Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE delivered a fascinating lecture at the University of Sunderland.

The Paralympian, who won 11 golds, 4 silvers and a bronze across five Paralympic Games, as well as breaking more than 20 world records in her career, delivered a talk at the University of Sunderland.

Appointed to the House of Lords in 2010, Grey-Thompson spoke about a range of topics, including her early life, being a Paralympian, and her new roles in the chambers.

Born with spina bifida and wheelchair-bound from an early age, Tanni didn’t let that stop her pursuing her passion, sport. She spoke in her lecture about the need for education and sport, and as part of her role in the House of Lords, she has applied for Physical Education within Primary Schools to be made a core subject alongside Numeracy and Literacy.

She said: “We’ve been speaking about this for years and years. Most girls now disengage with physical activity around the age of eight or nine, and teachers are lucky to get four hours tuition in most places on how to deliver P.E.

“19% of children leave Primary School obese, and children deserve better. We shouldn’t settle for second best. We don’t in elite sport, so why should we settle for second best in our schools.

“I’ll find out in two weeks whether it’s in or it’s not.”

She also spoke about becoming independent, understanding disability, tough times and choices and communication in the hour-long talk.

You can watch her interview with SportsByte below.


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