Athletes

Dame Sarah Storey, DBE

Sarah Storey

Sarah was already a successful athlete when she took up Cycling in 2005. She has won 11 Paralympic gold medals over the course of her career.

  • Events:
    Cycling
  • Home Town:
    Manchester
  • Lives:
    Disley, Cheshire
  • Trains:
    National Cycling Centre, Manchester
  • Date Of Birth:
    26/10/1977
  • Games Attended:
    London 12, Beijing 08, Athens 04, Sydney 00, Atlanta 96, Barcelona 92

She was fast-tracked into Britain’s Swimming team for the 1992 Paralympic Games at the age of 14 and brought home two gold, three silver and a bronze medal on her Paralympic debut. Over the next 12 years, she won three more Paralympic Swimming golds, five more silvers and two more bronzes.

She was always curious about Cycling and when an ear infection stopped her training in the pool she took to the sport to maintain her fitness. It was then she met her future husband, Barney Storey, a tandem pilot.

Sarah had a natural aptitude for Cycling and she rose quickly through the world rankings, soon setting her first world record on a bike.

Joining the GB Para-Cycling Team in 2005, Sarah embarked on a highly successful career in the sport which has seen her win multiple world and six Paralympic titles.

At the 2008 Paralympic Games, her fifth, Sarah won gold in the women's Individual Pursuit – in a time that would have been in the top eight at the Olympic finals – and the Road Time Trial.

In 2010 Sarah’s career reached new levels when she was selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and compete against non-disabled athletes. Sarah and archer Danielle Brown were the first athletes with an impairment to be selected for the Games by England. In other non-disabled competitions, Sarah has twice won the 3 km Track Pursuit at the National Track Championships and gold in the Team Pursuit, adding to her impressive count of over 140 national titles.

Sarah helped GB women win gold at the 2011 UCI Track World Cup, Cali, Colombia in December 2012 but her dream of an Olympic and Paralympic double at London 2012 came to an end later that month when the Women’s Pursuit Team was narrowed down to four riders – Joanna Rowsell, Dani King, Wendy Houvenaghel and Laura Trott.

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sarah excelled in both Track and Road events, winning four gold medals.

She won ParalympicsGB's first gold medal at London 2012 with victory in the C5 Individual Pursuit, after setting the 72nd world record of her career in qualifying.

In the C4-5 500m Time Trial she topped the podium again, beating American Jennifer Schuble by more than a second. On the same day of competition, her husband Barney, a Tandem Pilot, took gold in the B 1km Time Trial with Neil Fachie.

On the first day of Road events at Brands Hatch, Sarah won gold in the C5 Individual Time Trial, beating her nearest rival by 94 seconds.

In her last race, the C4-5 Road Race, Sarah caught the competitors in the men's C1-3 event, completing the course at an average speed of 38kph.

"To have won 11 and make it a clean sweep for this week is just a dream come true. I don't know if it will ever sink in."Sarah Storey

Sarah's achievements at London 2012 makes her Britain's most decorated female Paralympian and her 11 gold medal haul equals the success of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who won 11 golds, four silvers and one bronze over the course of her Paralympic career.

Since 2010, Sarah has been riding women's professional road races and now rides with Escentual for Viored on the road, taking in races from South Africa to Europe during the 2012 season. In 2012 she also placed 5th in the women's non-disabled Road Nationals, ahead of Olympic Champion Nicole Cooke.

Sarah was awarded an MBE in the 1998 New Year's Honours and was later promoted to an OBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours in recognition of her services to disability sport.

In the 2013 New Year's Honours, Sarah was awarded a DBE.

She was also one of three Paralympic athletes shortlisted for the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and friends. She is also a season ticket-holder at Manchester United FC.

Sarah graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science in 1999.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • C5 Individual Pursuit: gold
    C4-5 500m Time Trial: gold
    C4-5 Road Race: gold
    C5 Individual Time Trial (Road): gold
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
  • LC1-2/CP4 Individual Pursuit: gold
    LC1-2/CP4 500m Time Trial: 5th
    LC1/LC2/CP4 Time Trial: gold
     
  • 2004 Athens Paralympic Games
  • 100m Freestyle (S10): bronze
    100m Breaststroke (SB9): silver
    200m Individual Medley (SM10): silver
  • 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games
  • 100m Backstroke (S10): silver
    4x100m Medley Relay (SM10): silver
  • 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games
  • 200m Individual Medley (SM10): gold
    100m Breaststroke (SB10): gold
    100m Backstroke (S10): :gold
    400m Freestyle (S10): silver
    100m Freestyle (S10): bronze
  • 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games
  • 100m Backstroke (S10): gold
    200m Individual Medley (SM10): gold
    400m Freestyle (S10): silver
    4x100m Freestyle Relay (S7-10): silver
    100m Freestyle (S10): bronze
    4x100m Medley (S7-10): silver
  • 2012 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles, USA
  • C5 500m Time Trial: gold
    C5 3km Individual Pursuit: gold
    Team Sprint (with Darren Kenny and Jody Cundy): silver
  • 2011 UCI Track World Cup, Cali, Colombia (non-disabled)
  • Women’s Team Pursuit: gold
  • 2011 UCI Para-Cycling World Championships, Roskilde, Denmark
  • C5 Time Trial: gold
    C5 Road Race: gold
  • 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari, Italy
  • C5 3km Individual Pursuit: gold
    C5 500m Time Trial: gold
  • 2011 UCI Track World Cup, Manchester, UK (non-disabled)
  • Women’s Team Pursuit: gold
  • 2010 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Baie-Comeau, Canada
  • C5 Road Race: gold
    C5 Road Time Trial: gold
  • 2009 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Manchester, UK
  • LC1 3km Individual Pursuit: gold
    LC1 500m Time Trial: gold
  • 2009 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Bogogno, Italy
  • LC1 Road Race: gold
    LC1 Road Time Trial: gold

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