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Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tanni Grey-Thompson was born in Cardiff in 1969. She has spina bifida and was forced into a wheelchair at an early age. Having graduated in politics, she went on to become a full-time athlete. She won her first medal at the Seoul Paralympics in 1988. Last year, she won four gold medals at the Sydney Paralympics in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m wheelchair races. She has been awarded an MBE and an OBE, is married, and lives in Birmingham.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sitting outside, somewhere warm, with my family, nice food and wine.

What is your greatest fear?
Being stuck in a room with a spider and not able to scare it.

Which living person do you most admire?
My parents for putting up with me.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Not admitting I am wrong, or if I do hating it so much.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
Falling out of my chair by my sponsored car, and being recognised.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My wedding dress, but worth it!

What objects do you always carry with you?
Diary, mobile, credit cards.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Sticky out ears.

What is your favourite saying?
I'd rather have my head boiled.

Should the Royal Family be scrapped?
No, just used better.

Do you believe in monogamy?
Yes, that's why I got married.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Husband/athletics - don't ask me to choose.

What is your greatest regret?
Not having my nose pierced when I was young enough to do it.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Instantaneous time travel.

What would your motto be?
Aim high, even if you hit a cabbage.

What keeps you awake at night?
Too many things to worry about and how I can fit in everything I want to do.

How would you like to die?
Dramatically, but painlessly.

Do you believe in life after death?

How would you like to be remembered?
As a good, dedicated athlete, who put something back.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Keep working hard, and don't give up.


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