Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson - “I am delighted to have taken on the role of Great British Week of Sport Ambassador. The week provides a great platform to celebrate the role that physical activity plays in supporting people in leading happier and healthier lifestyles on a huge scale. We have some great plans coming together which will involve a number of exciting partners to reach a wider audience and help people #BeActive.”
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is a crossbench peer and legendary Paralympian wheelchair racer - one of the most successful British athletes of all time.
Over an international career spanning 19 years she won 11 Paralympic Gold medals, held over 30 world records and won the London Marathon six times.
In 2005 she became ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson for her services to sport. On 23 March 2010, Grey-Thompson was created a Life Peer on the recommendation of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. Her title was conferred as Baroness Grey-Thompson, of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson was appointed ukactive chair in 2015, turning her seasoned campaigning voice to the crucial issue of turning the tide of physical inactivity. She has been a leading public face for the organisation, outlining several key ukactive policy recommendations in the past two years.
In addition to her work at ukactive she is also a Board Member of several organisations including Transport for London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Tanni has appeared regularly on TV as chair of ukactive, including on BBC Breakfast and Daily Politics, highlighting ukactive policy recommendations as well as promoting the myriad benefits of physical activity as a whole.
Tanni is also a regular feature in the print media, providing expert comment on all things physical activity related and writing several op-eds in the Huffington Post