Paralympian Sarah Storey honoured by Manchester University

Sarah Storey
Image caption Storey regularly trains in Cheshire and the Peak District

Paralympian Sarah Storey has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Manchester.

Storey, 35, from Disley in Cheshire, has won a total of 22 medals in six Paralympic Games.

She started her career as a swimmer, winning two gold medals at Barcelona in 1992 before turning to cycling.

Speaking at a ceremony in the university's Whitworth Hall, she said it was "an honour to be recognised locally".

"I used to train at the Aquatics Centre over the road and I often ride past the university when I'm training now, but to be invited to accept this honour is just amazing for me", she said.

Storey regularly trains in Cheshire and the Peak District as well as at the Manchester Velodrome.

In total, she has won 11 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals in her six Paralympic Games.

Her gold medal tally puts her level with wheelchair athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and swimmer Dave Roberts, who have both also won 11 titles.

As with all GB gold medal winners from this summer's London Paralympics and Olympics she had a post box in her home town painted gold, becoming the first Paralympian to be honoured by Royal Mail after she won the Women's C5 Pursuit.

Storey - who is married to Barney Storey, another of Britain's Paralympic cycling gold medallists - has already said she will defend her titles at Rio in 2016.

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