Belfast Telegraph

Mothers do not get enough credit, Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey says

Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey has said mothers do not get "nearly enough credit" for the work they do when it comes to balancing their working and personal lives.

The British road and track racing cyclist, 38, became Britain's most successful female Paralympic athlete at the Rio games.

She won three gold medals and brought her total tally to 14, and has explained how she combines her tough training with being a mother.

The mother-of-one, who welcomed daughter Louisa in 2013, told Hello! Magazine her husband Barney "does the lion's share of the childcare" while she trains, and that they are a "team".

She added: "I don't think mums get nearly enough credit for the balancing act they do, especially now when we are expected to do everything all the time.

"I'm an athlete mum. But most mums are athletes and they don't realise. We are all athletes in different ways."

Storey also admitted her triple gold medal win at the Paralympics earlier this month "hasn't sunk in yet" and that she keeps her impressive haul "at a secret location".

She added, referring to her husband - who has won three Paralympic gold medals of his own as a sighted pilot for blind or partially sighted athletes in tandem track cycling events: "We don't have (our medals) on display at home."

The sports star discussed growing up with a disability, as she was born without a functioning left hand, but said that "nobody treated me any differently".

"Every child has to learn how to walk, play and catch a ball. You might have a different technique but you are still learning the same skills."

:: For the full interview see this week's HELLO! Magazine, out now


From Belfast Telegraph