Disley paralympian honoured at Sportswomen of the Year Awards

Sarah Storey, pictured enjoying her paralympic homecoming parade through Disley recently.
Sarah Storey, pictured enjoying her paralympic homecoming parade through Disley recently.

DISLEY paralympian Sarah Storey OBE was honoured at last night’s Sunday Times’ Sportswomen of the Year Awards.

Storey, who won four gold medals at this summer’s London Paralympic Games to become Great Britain’s most celebrated Paralympian, said her Paralympian of the Year award came as a ‘lovely surprise.’

“I first won it back in 1992 after the Barcelona Paralympic Games, which makes me feel really old,” she explained.

“I was gutted I couldn’t make the awards ceremony as I’d been ill, so thank you to Tanni Grey-Thompson for accepting it on my behalf.”

The 2012 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards recognised the sportswomen who excelled throughout Britain’s greatest summer of sport.

Also picking up an award was British Cycling’s record-breaking Olympic Team Pursuit trio of Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell, who were named Team of the Year.

British Cycling’s President, Brian Cookson OBE, said the awards were recognition of a new era for women’s cycling.

“Alongside the other extraordinary achievements this year by female riders including Victoria Pendleton MBE, Lizzie Armitstead and Lucy Garner, women cyclists are at the very forefront of British sport, and their success is inspiring women across the country to get on their bikes,” he added.