Who is Dame Sarah Storey? Britain’s top female Paralympic athlete is part of the BBC 2018 Commonwealth Games team

Multi award profitable athlete Dame Sarah Storey is one of the most profitable Paralympic British sports personalities of all time.

The Manchunian sport star – who has competed in the pool, on the monitor, and in biking – has by no means let her private adversities stand in the approach of her personal success and she or he has a powerful haul of medals.

Right here is what we find out about the Paralympic and Commonwealth Games athlete.

 Sarah Storey is the UKs most successful Paralympian of all time

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Sarah Storey is the UKs most profitable Paralympian of all time

How previous is Sarah Storey and the place is she from?

Sarah Joanne Bailey was born on 26 October 1977 in Manchester, England, and has a youthful brother named Simon who is additionally an athlete.

Rising up in Cheshire wasn’t the best as she was hounded by bullies at college who focused her for her success.

“They’d name me bizarre, and accuse me of being huge-headed once I couldn’t have stored a decrease profile. They even hated me for coming to high school with moist hair after coaching. It was horrible,” she defined in 2012.

 Sarah Storey has amassed a treasure trove of medals

Sarah Storey has amassed a treasure trove of medals

What is Sarah Storey’s incapacity?

Sarah was born with an beneath-developed left hand as her arm was tangled whereas in the womb and brought on the defect.

Nevertheless it is clear she has by no means let her incapacity stand in her approach – and even fears some individuals don’t assume she is disabled sufficient to compete in Paralympic video games.

“I didn’t consider I had sufficient of a incapacity. Once I first got here into disabled biking, it  took the entire team of employees some time to persuade me that it isn’t nearly legs – higher physique management is very important, too,” she defined in 2012.

 Sarah Storey stared off in swimming and then switched to cycling in 2005

Sarah Storey stared off in swimming after which switched to biking in 2005

When did Sarah Storey begin competing in sport?

Sarah began competing from a younger age and was coaching onerous whereas a faculty woman – which led her to be taunted by classmates.

Not letting the bullies get her down, Sarah targeted on her competitions and had 5 medals to her identify by the time she turned 18.

She competed as a swimmer till 2005 – at which level she switched to biking.

 Sarah Storey might be happier now she doesn't have to compete with ear infections

Sarah Storey may be happier now she doesn't should compete with ear infections

Why did Sarah Storey change between swimming and biking and why?

In the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games when Sarah was simply 14 she gained two gold medals, three silver, and one bronze.

And whereas her success continued in the pool, persistent ear infections prompted her to vary her sport of selection and swap the swimming costumes for the bike saddle.

She made the swap in 2005 and her continued success in sport has seen her topped the most profitable female Paralympic athlete in British sport historical past – and one of the most profitable Paralympic athletes in the world.

What number of medals has Sarah Storey gained?

In the Paralympic Games, Sarah has scooped eleven gold (5 swimming, 6 biking), eight silver (swimming) and three bronze (swimming) throughout 6 of the Games.

She additionally holds greater than one hundred forty nationwide titles, seventy three world data, 24 World Championship titles, 21 European titles and seven World Cup titles.

By no means letting her incapacity maintain her again, she additionally certified for 2010 Commonwealth Games as part of the English team.

 Great Britain's Sarah Storey kisses her daughter Louisa as she celebrates winning gold in the Women's C5 3000m Individual Pursuit Final at the Rio Olympic Velodrome

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Nice Britain's Sarah Storey kisses her daughter Louisa as she celebrates profitable gold in the Ladies's C5 3000m Particular person Pursuit Remaining at the Rio Olympic Velodrome

Is Sarah Storey married? Who is her husband?

Sarah is married to fellow British athlete, Richard “Barney” Storey – who has competed in tandem monitor biking occasions, is partially sighted and was recognized with Sort 1 diabetes when aged 4-years-previous.

The couple tied the knot in 2007 and welcomed a daughter named Louisa Marie on 30 June 2013.

Sarah has credited her daughter with pushing her to her athletic greatest, saying in 2016: “I used to be in the greatest type I’d ever been [after giving birth] as a result of I nonetheless had all of the physiological advantages from having a child, corresponding to the additional blood quantity and better haemoglobin.”

 Sarah Storey is the definition of a sport champion

Sarah Storey is the definition of a sport champion

When did Sarah Storey develop into a Dame?

Sarah was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Yr Honours listing following her triumphant efficiency in the 2012 London Games.

She had beforehand been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Yr Honours after the 2008 Beijing Games.

And previous to that she was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1998 New Yr Honours – whereas Sports activities Character of the Yr would solely be another trophy to her identify.

 

 

Multi award profitable athlete Dame Sarah Storey is one of the most profitable Paralympic British sports personalities of all time.

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