Tanni Grey-Thompson's Story
Tanni's Fellowship to Australia allowed her to research the development of athletes and coaching systems, both of which she is now actively involved with in the UK since retiring from competition.
Tanni's Fellowship allowed her to travel to Australia in order to research the athlete development pathway and coach education system used at that time. She was based with a training group in Perth which was managed by Jenni Banks, widely regarded as one of the most successful coaches in the world. Jenni worked with athletes from grass roots through to international level, and was also responsible for setting up many of the structures that helped Australia achieve great international success on the track and road. She was an integral part of the Paralympic structures for many years.
After returning from Australia, Tanni carried on competing internationally until 2007, but became very actively involved in Sports administration. She subsequently joined the Sports Council for Wales, sitting on Elite Cymru, the panel that helped support young athletes through to national squads. She has also served on the Sport England Lottery Awards Panel, and the UK Sports Council. She is actively involved in coaching, and one of her athletes qualified for the Beijing Paralympics. Since retiring she has joined the Board of UK Athletics, and in 2009 completed a review of Anti-Doping for the sport. Tanni is also on the Board of Transport for London.