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  • Writer's pictureHayley Jackson

Famous Brit of the Week #80 - Dame Sarah Storey

This week's Famous Brits Assemblies are about Dame Sarah Storey. Dame Sarah is a British Paralympic athlete in cycling and swimming, and a multiple gold medalist in the Paralympic Games, and six times British (able-bodied) national track champion. Her total of 28 Paralympic medals including 17 gold medals makes her the most successful and most decorated British Paralympian of all time as well as one of the most decorated Paralympic athletes of all time. She won five gold medals in Paralympics before turning 19. Sarah was born without a functioning left hand after her arm became entangled in the umbilical cord in the womb and the hand did not develop as normal. As a schoolgirl, she was subjected to bullying by her school mates and also faced eating disorder issues at school. She joined her first swimming club at the age of ten and was told by her coach that she had started her training too late to be good at anything. How wrong her coach was!

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