Shaftesbury Lecture with Paralympic legend a great success

Paralympian legend Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE delivered this year’s Shaftesbury Lecture, organised by national disability charity Livability, on 13 October at Harrow School.

Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE discussed her outstanding sporting career and gave an insight on the determination and hard work it takes to become a successful athlete. She also reflected on the importance of giving disabled young people access to sporting activities and reinforced the idea that having a disability should not be a barrier to great achievements.

Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE also shared with the audience her experience of being alongside Lord Coe and the rest o f the team when the announcement was made that London would host the 2012 Olympic Games.

Tanni holds 16 Olympic medals and 13 World Championship medals and since her retirement, she has continued to be involved in sport and is actively supporting the London 2012 Paralympic games.

The lecture has been a fixture in the Shaftesbury Societys calendar for many years (the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury was himself a Harrovian). Livability is a national disability charity which merged from The Shaftesbury Society (est. 1844) and John Grooms (est. 1907) in 2007. Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, also attended this year’s lecture.

Kerry Reeves-Kneip, head of events at Livability said: ‘’This year’s lecture was an inspiring opportunity to hear one of our greatest sporting champions speak about her achievements and what motivates her. We would like to thank everyone who attended this exciting evening and helped us raise much needed funds to support disabled people in the UK.’’