Terrence ‘Terry’ Griffiths

Terrence ‘Terry’ Griffiths is a now retired Welsh-born snooker player turned active snooker coach and pundit. Throughout his career, he was renowned for his slow, yet cautious style of play.

 

Griffiths is known for being one of seven snooker players to have achieved the snooker’s triple crown in his career. His greatest accomplishments includes winning the World Championship in 1979, reaching the 1988 final and winning the 1982 UK Championship and the 1980 Masters.

 

He initially started his professional career at the 1978 UK Championship, where he experienced an 8-9 loss to player Rex Williams after leading. Griffiths eventually made an unexpected foray into the 1979 World Championship, where he later went on to beat Dennis Taylor in the final. Leading Taylor 24-16, his win was actually his first attempt at making the Championship Final.

 

Griffiths eventually went on to have a relatively successful career throughout the 1980s, starting the year off by winning the Masters after beating Alex Higgins.

 

In the 1990s, his career began significantly slowing down; he later announced his retirement from the game after losing to his rival Steve Davis at the 1996 Crucible. Griffiths officially retired from his professional snooker career in 1997.

 

Griffiths soon became a renowned snooker coach, who went on to coach many top players. He currently coaches players like Mark Williams, Marco Fu and Mark Allen. Griffiths also provides snooker commentary for the BBC.

Carys Davina Grey-Thompson

Carys Davina ‘Tanni’ Grey-Thompson is a Welsh-born former wheelchair racer, who now works as a parliamentarian and a television presenter.

 

Grey-Thompson was born with a condition known as spina bifida, one that necessitates her to use a wheelchair. Her athletic abilities eventually helped her work toward becoming one of the most successful disabled athletes in the United Kingdom. Her lauded Paralympic career started with her participation at the 100m event of the 1984 Wales Junior National Games.

 

Grey-Thompson eventually moved into the international scene in 1988, where she went to the Seoul Summer Paralympic Games and won a bronze metal in the 400m event. Her final and fifth Paralympic Games was at the Athens event in 2004, where she finished out with two gold metals in wheelchair racing for the 100m and 400m event.

 

Throughout her entire Paralympic career, Grey-Thompson won 16 medals: 11 gold, four silver and a single bronze metal. She also won 13 World Championship medals in her entire career, spanning six gold, five silver and two bronze medals. In addition to her medal count, she also held over 30 world records and won the London Marathon six times between the years of 1992 and 2002.

 

In February 2007, Grey-Thompson officially announced her retirement. Her last sports-related appearance took place at the Manchester Paralympic World Cup in May of that year.