“Sporting Heritage is important because of the inspiration we all get in remembering the past performances of our heroes. I’m an ambassador because I want to remember the journey our sports have been on, celebrate our success and build on the legacy created personally and by our wider sporting population.”
Dame Sarah Storey is also one of the World’s most versatile athlete’s having won World and Paralympic Gold medals for her country across two sports (swimming and cycling) over 12 very different events (6 in the pool and 6 on a bike).
Having broken 77 world records in an international career that has spanned 29 years [and counting!], Sarah Storey (nee Bailey) has a unique and inspiring story, not least because she has also won some of her gold as an able-bodied athlete. Sarah became the first woman in 13 years to attempt the Women’s Hour Record, when in February 2015, she fell just 500m short recording 45.502km. And most recently, in Tokyo Sarah won her 17th Gold medal in the women’s C4-5 road race to become Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian of all time!
Sarah devotes a huge amount of time to developing other athletes, supporting charitable causes and is in high demand as a motivational speaker.
Ahead of her appearance as keynote speaker at the 2020 Sporting Heritage Conference Dame Sarah Storey DBE joined our podcast to discuss her own sporting heritage, treasured memories and considered the importance of celebrating the achievements and all too often hidden histories of disability and women’s sport’s, and how these inspirational stories can have a broader impact on equality in society.