London 2012

Sarah Storey

Sarah Storey

Sarah Storey is a multiple Paralympic champion - in both swimming and cycling - and will be competing in a remarkable sixth Games at London 2012.

Fascinating Facts

  • First disabled cyclist to compete for England at the Commonwealth Games, in Delhi in 2010
  • Originally a swimmer, she began cycling in 2005 when ear infections kept her out of the water
  • She was on the county netball team at school

She first made her name in swimming, competing as a 14-year-old in Barcelona in 1992, winning no fewer than 16 Paralympic medals between then and Athens in 2004, five of them golds and was awarded the MBE in 1998.

A chronic ear infection in 2005 kept her out of the water and she turned to cycling to maintain her fitness. By the time she was given the all-clear to return to the pool, Storey had already made her mark on the bike at European level and at the Paralympics in Beijing she added two cycling gold medals to her haul and was promoted to an OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list.

In 2010 in Delhi she became the first disabled cyclist [she was born with a deformed left hand] to compete for England at the Commonwealth Games and also formed a regular part of the full Team GB line-up in the two years that followed - helping them win team pursuit gold at the Track World Cup in Cali last December.

2012 has all been fully focused on here Paralympic ambitions though, and expect to see the 34 year old challenging for top honours again in London.

Sarah will be blogging all the way through to the 2012 Games. Follow Sarah Storey's Olympic blog

(photo above courtesy of British Cycling)

Sarah Storey

  • DOB: 26/10/1977
  • Events: 500m time trial, 3km pursuit on the track, C5 road race, C5 time trial
  • Gold Medals: 23 (16 world titles and seven at Paralympics)