Inspirational paralympian seizes International Women's Day

Photo of Tanni Grey-Thompson

Celebrated paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson visits Staffordshire University next week as part of a public lecture series dedicated to inspirational women.

Her lecture, entitled “Seize the Day” is taking place on the centenary of International Women’s Day – Tuesday March 8 – at the Film Theatre, College Road, Stoke.

Tanni crowned a magnificent career with two gold medals in the 100 and 400 metres at the 2004 Athens Paralympics and, although retired from competitive sport, continues to play an active role in the administration of sport alongside her responsibilities as a cross bench peer.

Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, Professor Christine King CBE, said: “Tanni was made one of Staffordshire University’s first Pro Chancellor’s in 2004.  She has always inspired us – as a colleague, a Paralympian, a mother and a working woman – so it is truly a pleasure to welcome her to the University as a special guest speaker and Inspirational Woman.

“We are delighted to have her take part in our Women who Inspire lecture series on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s’ Day, and by sharing her experiences with us, we hope to highlight how important it is to celebrate our differences, and in particular, the positive impact that women have made to society.”

Tanni is the latest in Staffordshire University’s Women who Inspire lecture series which has included Staffordshire Police Race Relations officer Loleita Higgins MBE, graduate and artist blacksmith Charis Jones and Live Aid nurse Dr Dame Claire Bertschinger DBE.

The event takes place at 5.30pm and entry is free – although places are filling fast. Anyone wanting to attend should contact events manager Julie Smith on 01785 353577 or email


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