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I appeared on Question of Sport, and also This is Your Life. It was a strange experience, having my life run through in twenty-nine minutes, and it brought together a lot of my friends. 36 AIM HIGH I must say I enjoy the way my sporting achievements have brought me into the public eye. Other highlights have been having my wedding featured in Hello! magazine and having the opportunity to appear on The Weakest Link and Mastermind. It’s partly, I suppose, because I enjoy the attention, but also it all helps to get across the message that I am keen to promote: that I want all young people to have the chance to participate in sport.
Again she said no. When I asked if she was in a choir, sang with her family, or did anything musical at all, she said no each time. ’ It is sometimes hard not to despair that so 61 TA N N I G R E Y T H O M P S O N many feel that the way to achieve anything is through the media, or by taking short cuts. Of course miracles can happen, but even when they do, most people find that they have to work extremely hard afterwards. There was a tiny part of me that smiled at her ambition (because it is important to have a dream) but mostly I was sad, because the chances of her achieving her ambition, without doing anything herself to increase that chance, were so remote.
Things had not worked out for her, but still she came to the track to help me. Leaving the track and going back to the village was always a bit scary because there were guard dogs on duty – and that night we were chased. I remember laughing, almost hysterically, that my Paralympic career could be ended, not by my being rubbish, but by two really ugly dogs. On the day of my 100 metres final, I was perhaps the most nervous I had ever been in my life. Normally it is quite usual for me to be sick during the warm-up.
Aim High (Quick Reads) by Tanni Thompson