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Inaugural Andrew Carnegie Lecture

University of Glasgow

Monday, 17 March 2014 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)

Inaugural Andrew Carnegie Lecture

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Inaugural Andrew Carnegie Lecture

Speaker: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. 11 Paralympic Gold Medals, 6 times winner of London Wheelchair Marathon

Title:     Seize the Day

Date:     Monday 17 March 2014

Venue:  Bute Hall, University of Glasgow

Time:     6.00pm (door open 5.30pm) 

The lecture is free and open to the public however you must register online at

Parking on campus is free after 5.30pm

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Tel: 0141 330 3593



Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain’s greatest Paralympic athlete. She competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 Gold Medals, and is acknowledged as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation. In addition to her outstanding Paralympic achievements, she won the London Wheelchair Marathon a total of six times between 1992 and 2002.

Retirement has not slowed her down and Tanni has gone on to play a prominent role in public life. In 2005 she was made ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE for her services to sport, while in 2010 she was elevated to the House of Lords as a crossbench peer. She takes an active part in debates, with particular focus on sport, disability, health, welfare and youth development. Amongst other positions she is on the board of Transport for London, the board of the London Legacy Development Corporation and is President of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. She was also Vice Chair of LOCOG’s Athletes Commission, is a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Ambassador, a UNICEF ambassador and chairs a Commission on the Future of Women’s Sport.

During London 2012 Tanni was a key part of the BBC’s on screen team, presenting on both the Olympics and Paralympics. In the process she became the first Paralympian to commentate on Olympic sport, making the point that the emotions and experiences of elite sportspeople are universal across the board.

Tanni is the ultimate cross over between high performance sport and the high powered world of business and politics. She understands the parallels and has invaluable lessons from her varied career, be it perseverance, team work, adapting to change or breaking down barriers. A very strong communicator, she is brilliant at motivating and inspiring an audience, whether that is a small gathering of CEOs or a large room of employees.

In everything that Tanni does her lively personality and down to earth humour shines through. Only she could divulge behind the scenes stories from the Olympics and give an insight into the somewhat archaic goings on at the House of Lords!

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When & Where

University of Glasgow
Main Building
Bute Hall
G12 8QQ Glasgow
United Kingdom

Monday, 17 March 2014 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)

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