Dame Sarah Story: Dame Sarah Joanne Storey, DBE is a British Paralympic athlete who competes in cycling and swimming. She has won multiple gold medals at the Paralympic Games and is a six-time British (able-bodied) national track champion (two times in the pursuit, one in the points, and three times in the team pursuit).
With a total of 28 Paralympic medals, including 17 gold medals, she is the most successful (in terms of gold medals) and most decorated (in terms of total medals) British Paralympian of all time, as well as one of the most decorated Paralympic athletes of all time, according to the International Paralympic Committee.
She holds the distinction of having won five gold medals at the Paralympics before she turned 19 years old.
His most notable accomplishments include winning 29 World Championships (6 in swimming and 23 in cycling), winning 21 European Championships (18 in swimming and 3 in cycling), and setting 75 world records. Storey is also a three-time Olympic medalist in swimming and cycling.
Since 1992, she has competed in eight Paralympic Games, in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020, she is considered to be one of the most experienced campaigners in the history of the Paralympics.
She holds the current para world record in the women’s 3000m solo pursuit as well as the para world record in the hour.
She overtook Mike Kenny’s record of 16 Paralympic gold medals on September 2, 2021, to become Great Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete of all time. She did so by winning the women’s road race C4-5 event, which gave her her 17th Paralympic gold medal.
Storey was born Sarah Bailey in Manchester with a non-functioning left hand as a result of her arm becoming entangled in the umbilical cord while in the womb, causing the hand to not grow as normally as it should have.
At school, she was bullied by her peers and dealt with eating disorders as a result of her experiences at the school. She joined her first swimming club when she was 10 years old, and her instructor informed her that she had started her training too late to be any good at anything. She was determined to prove him wrong.
Barney Storey, a tandem pilot and coach, became her husband in 2007. Storey gave birth to a daughter on June 30, 2013, and a son on October 14, 2017, both in the same year. Her home is in Disley, Cheshire, where she lives with her husband.
Storey was appointed as the Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region in April of this year. Storey began her Paralympic career as a swimmer, where she won two gold medals, three silver medals, and a bronze medal at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona. She made her first appearance at the Paralympics in 1992, when she was just 14 years old.
She continued to swim in the following three Paralympic Games before switching to cycling in 2005, reportedly due to a persistent ear infection that prevented her from swimming. It was found that she had been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome before she became 19 years old.
At the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta, she successfully defended her Paralympic gold medals in the women’s 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley events. Although she was suffering from an ear infection caused by chronic fatigue syndrome, she continued to compete in swimming and went on to win four silver medals and a single bronze medal at the following two Paralympic Games in 2000 and 2004 before retiring from the sport.