Updated: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 @ 5:30pm

Paralympic record-breaking phenomenon Sarah Storey OBE set for Manchester university honorary degree

Paralympic record-breaking phenomenon Sarah Storey OBE set for Manchester university honorary degree

By Dominic Claeys-Jackson

Record-breaking Paralympian Sarah Storey OBE will be awarded an honorary degree by the University of Manchester on Monday.

Eccles-born Storey, 35, is Great Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian ever, scooping 22 World and Paralympic medals in swimming and cycling.

Her four golds at London 2012 included a world-record breaking performance in the C5 Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit – and she topped Team GB’s medal table.

A University of Manchester spokesman said: “We are delighted that Sarah has agreed to accept this award.  

“She has strong links to the city of Manchester, having been born in Eccles, and she trains regularly at the Velodrome. 

“Sarah is Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian, and everyone is looking forward to welcoming her to the campus on Monday.”

Competing across six Paralympic Games, Storey is level with wheelchair athlete Baroness Grey-Thompson and swimmer Dave Roberts with 22 career titles.

Over her illustrious career, she has won six swimming golds and five cycling golds, as well as eight silver and three bronze medals.

To cap an incredible year, Storey was last week named on the 12-person shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The award will be decided by a public vote, with the ceremony taking place at London’s ExCeL Arena this Sunday.

Storey - who is married to fellow Paralympic cycling gold medallist Barney Storey - recently confirmed that she will compete at Rio 2016.

"I have four titles to hopefully defend in Rio but once we know what the schedule will be like we can put together a more sophisticated plan and go back to defending as many as possible,” she said.

"I love sport and even if I was retiring I would still be riding my bike so for me it will always be a part of my life, and it doesn’t matter if that means competing at the highest level or just cycling events for fun."

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