Noel Thatcher
Sport: Athletics
District: Harlow

Hi my name is Noel; I am an athletics participant and volunteer, physiotherapist and patron of British Blind Sport.

I participated in a British Blind Sport VI schools athletics championship as a young person and I could never have predicted the impact it has had on my life.

I represented the United Kingdom at 6 Paralympic Games for long distance running in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004, winning a total of five gold medals during that time. Career highlights include winning gold and setting a world record at Barcelona in 1992, and winning the 5k race in Sydney in 2000 and setting a world record. One of my proudest moments was at the 2004 Games in Athens when I carried the flag for the Great Britain team at the opening ceremony.

In 1997 I received an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to athletics for disabled people and I was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

I work with various sport disability sports organisations promoting sport. Sport and physical activity is important as it is a great vehicle to building health, self-confidence and communities.

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