Sarah Storey DBE
Sarah Storey is one of Great Britain’s most decorated and most versatile athlete’s having won World and Paralympic Gold medals for her country across two sports [swimming and cycling] and across 11 very different events [6 in the pool and 5 on a bike]. In an international career that has spanned 20 years, Sarah Storey [nee Bailey] has a unique and inspiring story, not least because she has also won some of her gold as an able-bodied athlete, Great Britain’s first disabled athlete to do so.
Based in south Manchester where she grew up and was first inspired to become an athlete, Sarah lives with her husband Barney and spends much of her time training in Cheshire and the Peak District, or else whizzing round the boards of the Manchester velodrome.
Having competed for the Great Britain Paraswim team from 1992 until 2005, Sarah found her second sport of cycling by accident. Forced out of the water for much of 2005 with a series of ear infections, much of Sarah’s conditioning work that year was done on a bike and by the end of that year she had broken the world record for the Paracycling 3,000m Individual Pursuit. The decision to switch into full-time cycling was not an easy one, but since that switch Sarah has built on her solid foundation from the pool and now rides as a successful able-bodied cyclist alongside her Paracycling programme.
In 2010 Sarah competed for Team England at the Commonwealth Games, placing 6th in the Women’s Indvidual Pursuit [non disabled event] and then in 2011, Sarah was a part of a highly successful Great Britain Team Pursuit Squad who missed the 3,000m World Record by 0.188s as they claimed victory at the Manchester World Cup.
With her events in the pool ranging from 50m to 400m and her events on a bike ranging from 500m to 130km, it is easy to see why Sarah is such a versatile athlete and her impressive medal haul only confirms this too.
18 Paralympic Medals
7 Paralympic Gold Medals [5 swimming, 2 cycling], 8 Silver Medals, 3 Bronze Medals
20 World Championship titles [6 swimming, 14 cycling]
21 European titles [18 swimming, 3 cycling]
7 World Cup titles [5 Paracycling, 2 able-bodied cycling]
More than 140 National titles [including 3 able-bodied National titles on the track]
71 World Records
Now training and aiming for five events at the London Paralympic Games, Sarah is hoping to be selected for the 3000m Individual Pursuit, 500m Time Trial, Road Race and Road Time Trial and is also part of the Team Sprint training squad.
Regularly riding in able-bodied Women’s professional road races across Europe, Sarah rides for the Escentual For VioRed Women’s Racing Team and added her name to the list of illustrious winners of the prestigious Cheshire Classic Women’s Road Race, when she won the race in 2012. The race is the season opener of the National Road Race series in Great Britain and feature the UK’s best female road riders.