- COMMONWEALTH GOLD MEDALIST - 1978, 1986, 1990
- OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST - 1984
- COMPETED IN 6 OLYMPIC GAMES
1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996
- Awarded the CBE in recognition of her services to sport and Vice Chairmena of Sport England - March 2004
- Awarded the OBE in recognition of the Charity Work - December 1997
- Awarded the MBE for winning Olympic Gold in 1984 -January 1985
- Two Fellowship Degrees - one at South Bank University & one at Woverhampton Polytechnic
- Honary Masters Degree - Birmingham University
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2009 celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Tessa Sanderson winning her Olympic Gold Medal. On the 6th August 1984 at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Tessa Sanderson won the Gold in the Womens Javelin and remains today the only British Woman to ever win a throwing Gold Medal.
Tessa competed in SIX Olympic Games, which in itself is a record. Tessa has won many other major medals including three times Commonwealth Gold and the last being a World Cup Gold in
In March 2004 New Years Honours list Tessa Sanderson was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty the Queen, in recognition of her services to sport and Vic Chairman of Sport England the leading strategic organisation for sport in
Tessa holds two Honorary
Fellowship Degree one from
During her 26 years competing for
Great Britain Tessa was voted Sports Personality of the Year and Athlete of the
Year (3 times) by the Athletics Writers Association. In 1988 Tessa presented
the Sports News for 2 ½ years for Sky Television. Her media career involved
television presenting for BBC, ITV, Bloomberg, GMTV, where she covered the 1996
Tessa has taken part in the BBC Show “Strictly African Dancing” and has guest appeared on The Wright Stuff and Alan Titchmarsh Show
Having retired from competitive
athletics in 1997, Tessa still remains the only female athlete to win an
Olympic throwing medal for
In 2009 Tessa having taken part in many tv and media shows appeared in the ever popular reality show “WIFE SWAP” with Ron Atkinson former football manager. That particular show on that evening recorded the highest viewing of the whole series with over 2.9 million viewers aand was repeated 9 nine times during the year.
Tessa still continues to do a lot of Media work her latest been the ever popular BBC “Celebrity Cash in the Attic” with her partner to raise money fo rone of their chosen charity.
Tessa is currently putting a lot of energy into working with youngsters to find that sought after talent for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Still involved in sport, initially with the the Newham Sports Academy and now with the Tessa Sanderson Sports Foundation
Tessa was specially
appointed to work with Newham Council in the build up to the 2012 Olympic Games
as head of the
In April 2009 Tessa again because of her work in the community made history again by organising the first 10K road run to run through the Olympic Park offering the community and other visitors to Newham the Host Borough of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games a fantastic birds eye view of what will be the new Olympic 2012 athletics stadium. The Newham Classic 10K was so successful that this now takes place annually and has led to other active running events for anyone such as the City of
In December 2009 Tessa registered her own Charity sports academy, called the "Tessa Sanderson Foundation & Academy" and in 2011, Tessa departed from the Newham Sports Academy and is currently working with her own foundation in the build up to the 2012 Games. For more details on the charity click here
Tessa was also a former Board member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company chaired by Baroness Margaret Ford to oversee and help with the formation of the Olympic Park for the Newham community and people living in the East End of London.