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By Tanni Thompson

ISBN-10: 1435610261

ISBN-13: 9781435610262

ISBN-10: 1905170890

ISBN-13: 9781905170890

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I didn’t have the energy to do a lap of honour, and in any case the crowds were quiet, because it was early on a Sunday morning. Going over to be interviewed, I was asked by Clare how it felt to be Britain’s most successful 46 AIM HIGH Paralympian. For once, I couldn’t think of too much to say. I muttered something about it being great, and then I probably gave the cheesiest answer that I have ever given. I said that I was glad that I hadn’t got the film crew out of bed so early for nothing… But winning that medal meant a lot to me because, as Clare said, I was now Britain’s most successful Paralympian.

But for those who want – and need – to win, there is only one way to increase your chances of doing so, and that is to train. There are many things that I have learnt through competing in sport – and you have to keep learning if you want to be the best. Sport is about much more than physical training. I have learnt how to manage my time, plan my life, and also find out some of the ways that I can, and can’t, achieve. 51 TA N N I G R E Y T H O M P S O N ‘Individual’ sports are not necessarily about individuals.

My sister was in the stadium – she had been there for several hours making sure that she got the best seats near the finish line. I got a message to her and told her what my race tactics were going to be. The plan was that I would sit in lane two on the edge of pack and wait for a sprint finish. I had used the same tactics a couple of times that year against the USA girls, and had done well. But once the gun went off, I changed my mind. I knew that I had a really strong finish and over the final 400 metres I could pull ahead and do well, but I decided that I would go to the front straight away, and pull the speed out of the pack.

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