Athletes

Hannah Cockroft MBE

Hannah first started Wheelchair Racing at a BPA-run Paralympic Potential Day at Loughborough University in October 2007, and immediately fell in love with the speed of the sport.

  • Events:
    Athletics, Goalball
  • Home Town:
    Halifax
  • Lives:
    Halifax
  • Trains:
    Leeds City AC
  • Date Of Birth:
    30/07/1992
  • Games Attended:
    London 12

Specialising in sprint distances, Hannah showed her potential when she broke four world records at the 2010 British Wheelchair Athletics Association International.

Coached by UKA Head Coach Peter Eriksson, she continued to set the pace, making history as the first athlete to set a world record in the Olympic Stadium in London in May 2012, when she recorded a time of 19.56 in the T34 100m. She later reduced that time to 17.60 at the Swiss National Championships.

Hannah shone on her Paralympic debut, becoming ParalympicsGB's first Athletics gold medallist of the London 2012 Games as she won the T34 100m in a Paralympic record time of 18.06. Her second event, the T34 200m, took place on what would later become known as 'Thriller Thursday'. After setting a Paralympic record of 33.30 in the morning heats, she set a new time of 31.90 in the final to take her second gold medal of the Games.

“This summer has been breathtaking, this is what all the training has been for."Hannah Cockroft

In addition to her performances on the track, Hannah has also competed at national level in seated Discus and Wheelchair Basketball. She cites Josie Pearson and Chantal Petitclerc as her sporting inspirations.

In the 2013 New Year's Honours, Hannah was awarded a MBE.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • T34 100m: gold
    T34 200m: gold
     
  • 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, Lyon, France
  • T34 100m: gold
    T34 200m: gold
  • 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • T34 100m: gold
    T34 200m: gold

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