Inspirational start for 2015 talks

One of the world’s best known and most inspirational sportswomen will be centre stage for the first in a series of free talks in Sunderland for 2015.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has won 11 Paralympic gold medals since her debut in Soeul Olympics in 1988. An inspiration for an entire generation of young sports people, Baroness Grey-Thompson won her last gold medal in 2008, and has gone on to a successful career in UK Athletics, and in the House of Lords.

Her talk, ‘Seize the Day’ is on Thursday 12 February, at the Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre at St Peter’s Campus, as part of the University of Sunderland’s free Discover Series – doors open at 6pm and all are welcome. Free parking is available on campus from 5.30pm.

In Seoul in 1988, Tanni Grey-Thompson represented Great Britain and won her first Paralympic medal, the 400m bronze. At the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics she won four gold medals in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres and a silver in the 4x100m relay. The same year, she won her first of six London Wheelchair Marathons.

Tanni won the 800 metres gold in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics along with three silver medals in the 100, 200 and 400 metres. At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics she won gold in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres. In Athens 2004, aged 35, she took first place in the 100 and 400.

Her total Paralympic medal tally is 11 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze, winning her last two gold medals at the 2008 Athens Paralympic Games.

Since her retirement, Tanni has continued to be involved in sport. She is a director of UK Athletics and a member of the board of the London Marathon.

In 2010 Tanni was appointed to the House of Lords, where she serves as a non party political crossbench peer.

The University of Sunderland’s Discover Series continues with the Olympic and Paralympic 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.

Find out more and book your place at one of the free University of Sunderland Discover Events

For more information email: events@sunderland.ac.uk, or call (0191) 515 3169.

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St Peter's Church in Monkwearmouth formed part of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, which was home to the author of the first history of England, the Venerable Bede.

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