Hannah Cockroft MBE, has returned home from the Paralympic Games in Rio with three more gold medals to add to the glittering collection gathered from stunning successes in London 2012 and at championships around the world.
We’re delighted to support the inspirational world record holder, who is a key part of our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign, which aims to raise awareness of disability sport and increase the number of participants taking part.
Before Hannah expertly demonstrated her skill and determination in Brazil, the T34 100m, 400m and 800m world champion took a break from training to film a series of short videos with us.
Hannah's On Track
Before Brazil, Hannah sat down to talk about her passion for wheelchair racing and how it feels when you’re racing for gold and glory with all eyes on you.
A Name To Remember
The racing wheelchair that Hannah rode to triple Paralympic glory is named ‘Tink’ – find out the special story behind the name here.
Time For A Few Tips
We asked Hannah to share her expertise and share a few simple tips on how to get involved with disability sport.
This Or That
Want to find out what really makes Hannah tick? We asked her a few quick fire questions to get to know the real champion, on and off the track.
Hannah's disability was caused by two cardiac arrests at birth, which left her with patchy brain damage, weak hips, deformed legs and feet and problems with her fine motor skills, mobility and balance.
Despite being told not to take part in sport at school, Hannah refused to be deterred and before becoming the wonderful wheelchair racer she is today, her early teenage years were spent trying wheelchair basketball, seated discus and swimming.
Hannah finally felt at home when she began wheelchair racing in 2007 and just three years later the speed queen was breaking four T34 world records at the British Wheelchair Athletics Association International event.
Hannah’s story is an inspiring one and although she plays down her role model status, she’s really keen to encourage participation in disability sport and emphasis the benefits of taking part which include keeping fit, socialising and advancing key skills.
At just 24, ‘Hurricane Hannah’ is a confident and successful young lady who remains down to earth despite winning five gold medals at two Paralympic Games in front of an audience of adoring fans.
Regularly appearing on TV and radio, with an infectious smile and a positive attitude, Hannah perfectly showcases what can still be possible in life, even after a serious setback.
We’re so proud to support her and together we hope to make a positive impact through our ‘Don’t Quit, Do It’ campaign.