Tanni's Golden Girl Beats Her Medal Haul; GREY-THOMPSON: Motherhood Will Not Prevent Paralympic Athlete from Competing

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BRITAIN'S best paralympic athlete has smashed world records and won a haul of medals in international events.

But Tanni Grey-Thompson says none of this can compete with motherhood.

The 32-year-old gave birth to Carys Olivia eight days ago at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales with husband Ian by her side.

The baby weighed 7lbs 12ozs, and was delivered by caesarian.

The new parents said, "This has been the most exciting experience of our lives and we are both very proud."

Tanni added, "She is better than all my medals put together."

But motherhood will not stop Tanni competing.

She will start training next week for the London Marathon in April.

Her target for the year is to win gold at the Commonwealth Games in July.

Tanni, 32, who is Welsh Woman of the Year, said, "I'm enjoying every moment with Carys, she is just perfect.

"My husband Ian was talking about making a buggy so I can tow her around in my wheelchair but I hope he's joking.

"I would love Carys to be the first woman Formula One racing driver, or a professional woman soccer player. …