Sarah Storey's daughter says early start 'totally worth it' to see mum win gold
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Born in Eccles, Manchester, this British Cyclist Dame has made history as one of Britain’s most decorated athletes as she competes in her eighth Paralympic Games. While we know plenty about life on the track for the hugely successful sportswoman, how did Dame Sarah Storey come to be one of the most recognisable figures in British cycling history and what do we know about her home?
Early life of Dame Sarah Storey
Born as Sarah Joanne Bailey in Manchester, England, the esteemed para-cyclist is the eldest sibling – with a younger brother named Simon who followed in the footsteps of his older sister and is also an athlete.
The 43-year-old was born without a functioning left hand after complications with the umbilical cord in the womb – though this has not hindered her performance as evident in her remarkable success throughout her paralympic career.
Sarah competed at her first Paralympics in Barcelona in 1992 as a 14-year-old swimmer before making the move to cycling in 2005 where she has competed ever since.
Known for her many different roles over the course of her life, Dame Sarah Storey is also a ‘proud’ wife and mother of two both on and off the track.
Balancing motherhood while pushing for records in every championship and Paralympic Games, Sarah Storey is unstoppable in both her personal life and her career.
In 2007, Sarah Bailey became Sarah Storey when she married tandem pilot and coach Richard Barnaby – or better known as ‘Barney’ Storey MBE.
Storey’s 44 year old husband rides as a sighted pilot cyclist for blind or partially sighted athletes – making the pair somewhat of a British cycling power-couple.
Where does Dame Sarah Storey live?
The pair, who have an unmatched passion for cycling live in Disley, Cheshire, with their two children, Louise Marie Storey who was born in June, 2013 and Charlie John Story who was born in October, 2017.
In an interview with Great British Life magazine, Sarah said: “I have always seen Disley as my home as I have never lived away from here for long.
“I love living on the hill and having the Cheshire countryside on my doorstep.”
The 15-time Paralympic champion added that she is happiest when: “Heading home from a spin on my bike in the Cheshire lanes in time to spend the rest of the day with Barney, our kids and my parents.”
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While she doesn’t share too many images or videos from inside her home, the cycling champion is clearly a keen baker according to her Instagram account.
Speaking about juggling home-schooling with her training, she said: “We did a lot of baking. It works for maths, science and tech and all sorts of different parts of the school curriculum so it was ideal for us.
“It’s always a chocolate cake in this house,” she added.
Louise Storey was there in Rio 2016 to support her mum while she competed in her 7th Paralympic Games.
When talking to Independent, the Cycling Dame said: “I took a break to have Louisa after London 2012 and returning for the Rio Paralympics, with my daughter there, was really special.
“To get four gold medals at home was beyond my wildest dreams, but to come back after pregnancy… Nature is amazing and seeing the Games through Louisa’s eyes was just brilliant. It brings back that child-like joy.
When asked about balancing motherhood whilst smashing it on the Paralympic track, Sarah added: “Both sets of grandparents were in Rio to see me race and to help look after Louisa – I couldn’t do it without Barney.”
Unfortunately the youngest of the Storey family, Charlie, is yet to see his mum win even more gold medals live at the Paralympic games, as supporters are unable to travel to Tokyo due to COVID restrictions.
Here’s hoping that the whole family will be there in Paris, 2024.
Things you might not know about Dame Sarah Storey…
You may have something in common with the world-famous cyclist if your star sign is Scorpio – the Dame was born on October 26, 1977 and will celebrate her 44th birthday in just a few months.
Her first five Paralympic gold medals came in swimming, before turning her attention to cycling in 2005.
The highly decorated Paralympic champion runs a racing squad with her husband Barney.
Speaking to InCycle in an exclusive video, Dame Sarah Storey told how she is dedicated to helping her junior talent through her ‘Storey Racing Squad’.
She said: “We started by setting up a team in 2013 because I wanted to give myself and others a platform to race after the Olympic games in London, where I won four gold medals.
“So we set up the team and we brought together a group of very talented young women and that’s where we set the ball rolling… and I think mixing junior riders with those senior riders just brings them on in a different way.”
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