Prior to the CBE she was the recipient of an OBE in December 1997 for her work with various charities and in 1985 was awarded the MBE for winning her Olympic Gold medal for Great Britain in Los Angeles.
In October 2004 Tessa was awarded The Sunday Times Newspaper Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to sport.
Tessa holds two Honorary Fellowship Degree one from South Bank University in London in 2004, and prior to this Wolverhampton Polytechnic. She also has a Honorary Masters Degree from Birmingham University. Tessa has competed in SIX Olympic games which in itself is a record which resulted in winning a Gold medal in the javelin event in 1984.
Tessa has also 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.
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 involves television presenting for the BBC, Bloomberg (Lifestyle programme which was transmitted across the world) and GMTV where she covered the 1996 Olympics from Atlanta.
Other media activities involves working with Talk Sport Radio and other network radio stations in UK.
Having now retired from competitive athletics in 1997, she still remain the only female athlete to win an Olympic throwing gold medal for Great Britain. Tessa continues to work with various Charities such as The Variety Club of Great Britain the largest children's charity in the world, also for Leukemia and is Patron to Jamaica Basic Schools a charity for underprivileged children in Jamaica.
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