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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 June, 2003, 09:56 GMT 10:56 UK
Tanni on top
Tanni Grey-Thompson won four gold medals at the Sydney Paralympics
Tanni celebrates one of her victories in Sydney
Few people have done more to raise the profile of disabled sport in Great Britain than Tanni Grey-Thompson.

The 34-year-old Welshwoman has a host of awards and medals to her name, both on and off the track.

Since she made her debut for Wales at the Junior National Championships aged just 15 she has become Britain's most successful wheelchair athlete ever.

The highlight of her career was the 2000 Sydney Paralympics where she picked up four gold medals bringing her total of Paralympic medals to 14.

In front of huge crowds in Australia, victory in the 800m was followed by success in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

Her exploits in Sydney earned her third place in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year as well as the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.

She also picked up an OBE in the Millennium New Years Honours List.

GB wheelchair athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson
Tanni has won many admirers for her achievements

But it is not only at the short distances where Tanni has made an impact - she has also won six London Marathon titles.

Her last came in 2002, just three months after giving birth to baby Carys.

Tanni has also been recognised by sporting organisations worldwide for her achievements.

She was one of only four female athletes to appear in the top 50 British Sporting Greats poll undertaken by publishers Cassell Illustrated.

She is also a member of The Laureus World Sports Academy alongside such sporting legends as Pele, Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan and Ed Moses placing her firmly alongside the world's leading sporting celebrities.

Next up for the Welsh star is the EPC European Championships in Assen, Holland where she will again bid for four golds in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m.




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