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Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson eyes 2012 Games legacy

Baroness Grey-Thompson was impressed by her interviewers
Baroness Grey-Thompson was impressed by her interviewers

Former Paralympic gold-medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has told BBC News School Report that the London 2012 Games must have a long-lasting legacy.

"When the flame goes out at 2012, there's so much we can do with sport," she said when speaking live on School Report TV to Joan and Ahmed from Paddington Academy at School Report HQ in London.

"Loads of people will be watching the Games, so it's making sure local sport clubs harness that enthusiasm."

Year 9 students Joan and Ahmed quizzed the former wheelchair racer as part of the BBC School Report News Day on 24 March and managed a cool performance on camera.

"They asked really good questions," added Baroness Grey-Thompson, who was made a "people's peer" in the House of Lords last year.

"They listened to the answers which is really important. It was nice because it felt like the interview was going somewhere."

Joan and Ahmed also asked her about studying for a degree in politics while competing as an athlete

"We asked her juggling a politics degree with training for the Paralympics," said Joan after the interview.

"It showed us how important it is to try your best."

In her athletic career, Baroness Grey-Thompson won 11 Paralympic gold medals and seven world championship gold medals, as well as setting 30 world records.


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