A POPULAR paralymipian regaled students with stories of her sporting success.
Tanni Grey-Thompson held a question and answer session with students from St Michael’s RC School, in Billingham.
Tanni, who lives in Redcar, won an astonishing 11 gold medals when she represented Great Britain in four Paralympic games between 1992 and 2000.
She has also won six London Wheelchair Marathons and continues to champion sport after her retirement.
In 2010 Tanni was appointed to the House of Lords – and took the title Baroness Grey Thompson of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham.
A school spokesman said: “St Michael’s RC School is delighted that Tanni Grey-Thompson agreed to visit our school to talk to students in assembly.”
With the Olympics taking place in London next year, St Michael’s has taken the theme to inspire success in students.
It presented awards to one student from each of its five year groups based on the Olympic rings.
The winners were chosen by staff because they were felt to represent the values of the Olympic rings.
The winners were allowed to wear a different coloured tie, representing the colours of the rings, for a term.