Sarah Storey

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Dame Sarah Storey
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Personal information
Born (1977-10-26) 26 October 1977 (age 36)
Country  United Kingdom

Dame Sarah Joanne Storey, DBE (née Bailey; born 26 October 1977), is a British road and track racing cyclist and former swimmer, multiple gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games in both sports, and twice British (able bodied) national track champion. Her total of eleven gold medals makes her the equal of Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dave Roberts, considered among the most successful British Paralympians.[1]

Storey was born without a functioning left hand after her arm became entangled in the umbilical cord in the womb.[2]

Swimming at the Paralympic Games[edit]

Storey (then known as Sarah Bailey) began her Paralympic career as a swimmer,[3] winning two golds, three silvers and a bronze in Barcelona in 1992 at 14. She continued swimming in the next three Paralympic Games before switching to cycling in 2005.[4]


At the 2008 Paralympic Games, her fifth, Storey won the individual pursuit – in a time that would have been in the top eight at the Olympic final[5] – and the road time trial.

Storey also competes against non-disabled athletes and won the 3 km national track pursuit championship in 2008, eight days after taking the Paralympic title,[6] and defended her title in 2009.[7]

Storey qualified to join the England team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where she was "the first disabled cyclist to compete for England at the Commonwealth Games", against non-disabled cyclists.[8] She was also the second Paralympic athlete overall competing for England at the Games, following archer Danielle Brown earlier in Delhi.[9]

In 2011, Storey competed for one of the three places in the GB squad for the women's team pursuit at the 2012 Olympic Games. Although she was in the winning team for the World Cup event in Cali, Colombia in December 2011,[10] she was informed afterwards that she was being dropped from the team pursuit squad.[11]

London's 2012 Paralympics Games saw Storey win Britain's first gold medal, in the women's individual C5 pursuit.[12][13][14] She went on to win three more gold medals, one in the Time Trial C4–5 500m,[14] one in the Individual Road Time Trial C5 [14] and finally one in the Individual Road Race C4–5.[15]

Storey has signed a contract to ride for the Madison Boot Out Breast Cancer cycling team for 2014.[16]


Storey was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1998 New Year Honours.[17] Following the Beijing Games, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[18] In 2012, she was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Manchester.[1] Following the 2012 London Games, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours.[19][20]

Storey was a nominee for the 2008 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability and the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007 Storey married tandem pilot and coach Barney Storey[22] In January 2012, Storey appeared on Celebrity Mastermind with Sex & The City as her specialist subject.[23] She finished in last place with a score of 16 points from two rounds. She and her husband live in Disley, Cheshire.[24]

On 30 June 2013, Storey had a baby daughter called Louisa Marie.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b BBC News: Paralympian Sarah Storey honoured by Manchester University (accessed 17 December 2012)
  2. ^ Bull, Andy (1 October 2010). "Sarah Storey: From Paralympic swimmer to Commonwealth cyclist". Guardian (London). 
  3. ^ "Sarah Storey Pursuing More Paralympic Glory in Beijing" 12 March 2008
  4. ^ Sarah Storey profile at, accessed May 2010
  5. ^ Results at
  6. ^ Profile at
  7. ^ "Storey on top as Pendleton shines"
  8. ^ "InterviewSarah Storey: From Paralympic swimmer to Commonwealth cyclist", The Guardian, 1 October 2010
  9. ^ "The Paralympian taking on able-bodied athletes", The Independent, 2 October 2010
  10. ^ "GB trio secure gold at World Cup". BBC News. 
  11. ^ "Storey dropped from Olympic squad". BBC News. 
  12. ^ "Paralympics 2012: Sarah Storey wins third London gold". Retrieved 05-09-2012. 
  13. ^ "London Paralympics 2012 – day one: as it happened", The Guardian, 30 August 2012
  14. ^ a b c Gallagher, Brendand (5 September 2012). "Sarah Storey claims golden hat-trick with time trial victory at Brands Hatch". London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Sarah Storey storms to landmark 11th Paralympics gold". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  16. ^ Renton, Colin (17 October 2013). "Katie Archibald able to move into cycling’s pro ranks". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  17. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54993. p. 14. 31 December 1997. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  18. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929. p. 12. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  19. ^ "Order of the British Empire". Cabinet Office. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  20. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 24. 29 December 2012.
  21. ^ BBC Sport: Bradley Wiggins wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year (accessed 17 December 2012)
  22. ^ Moreton, Cole (1 September 2012). "Paralympics 2012: Golden couple powered by love". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  23. ^ "Celebrity Mastermind". BBC One. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "Sarah Storey becomes first athlete to get four stamps". BBC News. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 

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