The Sports Archives – Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson to be key speaker at Wellbeing Symposium in Kent

Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will be the key speaker at a conference aimed at improving health and happiness at work it has recently been revealed.

Baroness Tanni Grey

The former Olympic wheelchair racer, who is available for booking through celebrity talent agency MN2S and has won 11 Paralympic gold medals, will talk at the Wellbeing Symposium held at Kent Event Centre in Detling. The talk will outline her illustrious sporting career and her transition into broadcasting, and her position as a patron of numerous charities.

When asked about the event, she said: “Being fit and healthy every day is very hard, and especially for working mums, there’s a lot going on in life. I’ve now been retired seven years and I want to lead a long and happy healthy life, in which I need to assess my own wellbeing and it is great for people to have the opportunity to do this at the symposium.”

The Symposium brings together experts in health and wellbeing and is an opportunity to hear the latest thinking on subjects as varied as mental satisfaction and nutrition. Miranda Chapman, whose company organises the event, praised Baroness Tanni, saying: “Having such a great key speaker really raises the profile of the Wellbeing Symposium and helps us to let Kent know the event is on their doorstep.

Other than her efforts in the health and wellbeing world, she has recently moved into the politics world, sharing her views publicly on Parliament’s assisted dying bill, a bill concerning people with only months to live. Thompson commented: “prognosis is always, to some degree, a shot in the dark. I fear that the MP Rob Marris’s assisted dying bill would exacerbate the assumption that because there may be some things I cannot do, everything must be negative.

The Baroness has since spoken more passionately on this subject, saying, “The prospect of changing the criminal law on encouraging and assisting suicide, as this bill would do, fills me with dread.” Very passionate about the issues facing her community she ended her argument saying: “I urge MPs to understand the significance of the proposed change in the law. It would be a seismic shift in the way we choose to care for people at their most vulnerable. It would introduce discrimination into our approach to suicide prevention. And it would place doctors in the contradictory position of trying both to enhance life for as long as it lasts and deciding who can be supplied with lethal drugs to kill themselves.”

Baroness Tanni’s roots are in Cardiff, Wales, where she worked her way to become a prominent parliamentarian and television presenter. She is considered to be one of the most successful disabled athletes in the UK.

A woman of accomplishment, after graduating from Loughborough University in 1991 with a BA (Hons) degree in Politics and Social Administration, Grey-Thompson started her Paralympic career in the 100m at the Junior National Games for Wales in 1984. She then went on to start her international career, which began in 1988 in Seoul, where she won a bronze medal in the 400m.

Her fifth and last Paralympic Games were in Athens (2004) where she won two gold medals in wheelchair racing in the 100m and 400m. In total, her Paralympic career consists of 16 medals (11 gold, four silver and a bronze), and 13 World Championship medals (six gold, five silver and two bronze).

Baroness Tanni has achieved success in many areas of life and now works to pass this on to the next generation. Giving a host of talks and motivational speeches, Baroness Tanni is at the forefront of revered speakers. If you would like to book her for your corporate entertainment event or as an after dinner speaker, contact an MN2S talent agent.


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