Alice Tai was born in 1999 and grew up in New Milton. She was born with bilateral talipes (club foot) and before the age of 12 she had undergone 14 corrective operations to alleviate her condition, sometimes requiring a wheelchair for long periods of time during recovery.
She began swimming at the age of eight but it was not until the winter of 2010 that her family realised that she could be classified as a disability swimmer. In 2011, she was officially classified as a S10 swimmer allowing her to compete in international competitions. In 2012 Tai showed her potential at the British International Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield, where she won silver in the Youth final of the MC (Multi-Classification) 400m freestyle, beaten to gold by Amy Marren.
She has gone on to represent Great Britain at European, Commonwealth, World and Paralympic Championships, winning gold medals at all levels. At the 2016 Paralympics, Tai and the team won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 metre medley relay, and got a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke S10. Later that year, Tai was awarded an MBE for her services to swimming.