picture courtesy of Guernsey Press & Co Ltd
In January, Paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE visited Guernsey at the invitation of the Guernsey Disability Alliance to encourage the island to bring in disability equality legislation. Speaking to a large audience of politicians, civil servants, business leaders and GDA members, the Baroness stressed that simplicity was the key to having a law that worked.
While shocked that Guernsey did not yet protect its disabled citizens from discrimination, Tanni highlighted the opportunity to learn from best practice around the world and not just import the UK law.
Tanni’s visit was organised in partnership with the Guernsey Sports Commission and sponsored by Credit Suisse as part of its Disability and Inclusion Programme. Having won 16 Paralympics medals herself, Tanni was the obvious choice to present this year’s Guernsey Sports Achievement Awards. She made such an impression that the Disabled Sports Achiever Award has been renamed the Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson Disabled Sports Achiever Award.