40 Unstoppable Women Who Are Changing the World

48. Tanni Grey-Thompson

“Anything is possible. Part of it is how much you want to do it. Some people achieve success very easily, but that’s a tiny percentage of people. For the majority of people, it’s about working hard. I train twice a day, six days a week, 50 weeks a year.”

Tanni Grey-Thompson won 11 gold medals, four silver medals, and a bronze medal over five Paralympic Games to become one of the UK’s most successful Paralympians of all time.

Competing in short-distance events to wheelchair marathons, this superstar has become a popular figure on television and as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords.