Sarah is one of Britain's most decorated female Paralympians having won multiple medals at all levels over two sports having switched sports from swimming to cycling in 2005. Sarah has travelled the world as an ambassador for disability sport and has vast experience of keynote speaking and presentations at corporate events. Her motivating style and enthusiastic approach inspire at every level.
Dame Sarah’s sporting career began in the swimming pool where she competed for the Great Britain Paraswim Team from 1992 to 2005. Forced out of the water as a result of recurrent ear infections, Sarah took to the cycle track and has gone on to become one of the most decorated athletes of our age. Her story is unique in that she has competed in both able-bodied and disabled body events and now combines riding at both levels.
Having made the transition from pool to track, Sarah first competed for Team England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and just a year later, narrowly missed out on breaking the world record as part of the GB Team Pursuit Squad at the Manchester World Cup. However, it was at the London Paralympic Games where Sarah really came into her own, winning an incredible four gold medals both on the track and on the road.
In addition, Sarah has also had to battle chronic fatigue syndrome, an eating disorder and broken bones but despite all this she has overcome adversity to complete a Sports Science Degree, work as a volunteer coach and travel the world as an ambassador for disabled sport.
When not competing, Sarah serves as a member of the International Paralympic Committees Athlete’s Council.
As a motivational, after dinner and keynote speaker, Sarah’s presentations are upbeat, engaging, inspirational and can be adapted to any level from the classroom to the conference hall. Her presentations give a unique insight into the world of sport, how to handle change, deal with adversity and hone the skills needed for success pushing body and mind to the limit.