DAME SARAH JOANNE STOREY
British Paralympic Cyclist
Sarah Storey has enjoyed a successful Paralympic career as both a swimmer and cyclist. Storey cemented her position as the country’s most decorated female Paralympian with 14 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals won in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Storey originally started as a swimmer and only took up cycling after a serious ear infection in 2005 kept her out of the pool for several months.
She made her Paralympic debut aged 14, where she won five medals including two golds. Her success in the pool continued with another five at Atlanta 1996 – three of which were gold, two silvers at Sydney 2000 and two silvers and a bronze at Athens 2004.
In Beijing in 2008, so impressive was her time in the cycling individual pursuit final that it would have secured her a top-eight finish in the Olympic final. At London 2012, she was in outstanding form winning two track and two road Paralympic golds.
For her achievements at London 2012 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours. She is also a member of the IPC Athletes’ Council.
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