Tony after receiving his honorary degree

Tony with his olympic torch after receiving his honorary doctorate from Bolton University on Friday 17th July 2015.

More information

Tony holding a phograph of himself with other athletes.

Tony holding a picture of himself with, clockwise, from top left: Amir Khan, the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Anthony Connell, Vernon Kay and Jason Kenny.

Tony was born with cerebral palsy in February 1960. He went to his first Paralympics in the south of France aged just 16 and travelled again with the British team to Holland in 1980.

But four years later came his most successful event to date, the 1984 Paralympic Games in New York.

President Ronald Reagan opened the games and Tony even found time to call his mum from the top of the Empire State Building.

"It was a very special moment, meeting the most powerful man in the world" he said. "It was a split second thing at the opening ceremony. He shook everyone’'s hand."

"We were treated like stars there. It didn’'t matter whether you were in a wheelchair or not. But it has taken a long time to get the same reaction in this country. I called my mum after I got a silver in the weightlifting. I was disappointed to be honest because I had trained so hard and I wanted the gold. But I guess I didn’'t do too badly."

Tony brought home two golds, for javelin and the Indian club —and two world records to boot.

His world record throw of 50 metres in the Indian club,— an event similar to the hammer —stands to this day.

In his 10-year career, the Bolton athlete won a total of 38 medals.

When his mother died in 1989, he buried the medals with her. "She was the driving force behind me," he says. "She sacrificed so much. I never thought of myself as disabled. She taught me to be independent."

The 1986 Commonwealth Games marked his last sporting performance on the international stage, as he settled down to start a family.

He now lives in Bolton with his second wife and his six children.

Now, Tony has just been named the town’s Sports Ambassador for 2009 by Bolton Council.

New York - 1984

Paralympic powerlifting has been competed at every Summer Paralympics since 1984.

Weightlifting had been on the Paralympic program since 1964, however after the 1992 Games the IPC decided to drop weightlifting and hold powerlifting events only.

Women first competed in the sport at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics.



Games Gold Silver Bronze
1984 United States Alfred Dore (USA) Great Britain Anthony Griffin (GBR) None

Message received from Market Field School, Colchester. 13/06/2012

"I just wanted to say a massive thank-you for coming down yesterday. On a personal note it was an absolute honour to meet you.
As for our pupils they where truly inspired by your talk. Every day here they open new doors and pathways, you opened up hundreds.
The staff also complimented you on your cheerful manner around the school and a real passion for what you believe in.

Please keep in touch,
Kind Regards,
From everyone at Market Field School

Tony is now proud to be the patron for

Bolton Society for Blind People

Tony with the paralympic torch

Would you like Tony to appear at your event, function, conference?
Charitable events are a fixed price to cover expenses to be agreed with the organisers. All other events fees to be agreed depending on the venue.
Contact Tony on 07933-238927 for further details.

You can view a selection of photograph's from Jason Kenny's civic reception using the link below.

Tony's book is currently being written by established Author Sara Vernon.
For any enquiries contact Tony on 07933-238927

International Paralympics Commitee Logo

International Paralympic Commitee

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions.

The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Special thanks to the Bolton News, Hulton Photography and all the sportsmen & celebrities concerned for their kind permission to use the photographs displayed on this website

Guestbook ImageGuestbook Image

Contact Tony