In a fabulous career, spanning 61 internationals, Tessa Sanderson had earned her own place in Olympic history. She competed in the six Olympic Games, equalling that of any Olympic woman and becoming the only Briton to achieve such a landmark. In 1984, Sanderson became a national heroine when she won gold - the only Briton to achieve earn such a success in the javelin.
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 England. Prior to the CBE she was the recipient of an OBE in December 1997 for her work with various charities. 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 is putting a lot of energy into working with youngsters to find that sought after talent for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games - involved in Sport, running the TSFA Academy in the home of the 2012 Olympic Games
Tessa holds two Honorary Fellowship Degree one from South Bank University in London in 2004, and prior to this Wolverhampton Polytechnic. She also has an honorary Masters Degree from Birmingham University. Tessa has won many other major medals including three times Commonwealth Gold and the last being a World Cup Gold in Cuba in 1990. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and competing in her 5th Olympics she finished an incredible 4th place in the final.