Carol@ Mirror.Co.Uk: SURFING WITH.. TANNI GREY-THOMPSON - Net Helps Me to Go the Distance; TANNI IS COACHED FROM SYDNEY

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Carol@ Mirror.Co.Uk: SURFING WITH.. TANNI GREY-THOMPSON - Net Helps Me to Go the Distance; TANNI IS COACHED FROM SYDNEY


Byline: LAURETTE ZIEMER

SHE'S a world-beating athlete and knows that it's the net putting her on the right track.

Superwoman Tanni Grey-Thompson has turned to a coach Down Under to help her bid for yet more glory.

The eight-time gold medallist paralympic athlete hopes to win the 800m for Wales at the 17th Commonwealth Games, which opened in Manchester yesterday.

In February Tanni gave birth to daughter Carys and since then has juggled domestic life and athletics with the help of the internet.

"I actually use the net to train," says Tanni, who has won 14 Olympic medals, the London marathon six times (including last April's), and holds three world records.

"One of my coaches, Jenni Banks, lives in Sydney, and we've found the internet is the perfect way to bridge the distance.

"I send data including video clips and jpeg files with all my physiological details and Jenni's able to analyse them all, sending her comments and criticisms back via email."

With the help of sponsor Microsoft, Tanni is constantly testing new equipment. "We found webcams a bit slow so I'm working with a video camera now. One of the main issues for me is trying to keep the number of cables down when I'm on the road. I use a laptop and I have to watch that once I get into my hotel room I'm not knotted up with wiring. …

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