International Women's Day heroes: Hannah Cockroft MBE - Women's Running

International Women’s Day heroes: Hannah Cockroft MBE

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  March 10, 2021

Join us for International Women’s Day to celebrate some of our heroes: this time we're recognising five-time Paralympic medallist Hannah Cockroft's achievements

Hannah Cockroft MBE is a British wheelchair racer who holds the world records for the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m in her T34 classification (for athletes with cerebral palsy or who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury) as well as winning five gold medals at the Paralympics in 2012 and 2016.

Back in 2011, she took gold in the T34 100m and 200m during her senior debut for Team GB at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. She also became the junior world champion in the 200m and 400m.

“I was first inspired by Chantal Petitclerc, a Canadian wheelchair racer who won 16 Paralympic gold medals in her career and who I was lucky enough to have as my games coach at London 2012. My training partner Samantha Kinghorn inspires me, she works hard and she never forgets who’s been there for her and cheers them on endlessly in return. My rival, Kare Adenegan, also inspires me to stay ahead, to work hard and to never take victory and success for granted.”

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