Name: Hannah Cockroft MBE
Born: 30 July 1992 Halifax, West Yorkshire
Sport: Wheelchair Racing (T34)
Trains: Loughborough / Leeds
Coach: Jenni Banks
World Record Holder T34 100m (17.18), 200m (30.51), 400m (58.78) & 800m (1:56.89)
2017 World Para Athletics Championships T34 100m Gold
2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games T34 100m, 400m & 800m Gold
2015 IPC World Athletics Championships T34 100m Gold, T34 400m Gold & T34 800m Gold
2014 IPC European Champion T34 100m Gold & T34 800m Gold
2013 Awarded MBE for Services to Athletics
2013 IPC World Athletics Championships T34 100m Gold & T34 200m Gold
2013 Shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year
2012 London Paralympic Games T34 100m Gold & T34 200m Gold
2012 Federation of Disability Sports ‘Sportswoman of the Year’
2011 IPC World Athletics Championships T34 100m Gold & T34 200m Gold
Eight World titles and Five Paralympic gold medals, Hannah is the reigning World and Paralympic Champion. Hannah won three gold medals in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and the 2015 World Championship over 100, 400 and 800m. Additional she won two gold medals in both the 100m & 200m in the 2011 and 2013 World Championships and two gold medals in the London 2012 Paralympics. Hannah also holds the T34 World Records for 100, 200, 400 and 800m.
Within 48 hours of being born Hannah suffered two cardiac arrests, which resulted in damage to two areas of her brain and left her with deformity to both legs and feet and weakened hips. Doctors predicted that Hannah would rely on a wheelchair for life and that she would not live beyond her teenage years. Hannah started out wanting to be a ballerina, to be in the police force, an actor, a singer, and finally settled on anything 'to be famous'. It was in senior school, that Hannah discovered a love of sports, where an enthusiastic sports teacher introduced her to a local wheelchair basketball coach and, at 13 years old, she played for a wheelchair basketball team. Hannah got involved with the disabled sports team at school and there began her journey into athletics. At the age of 15 Hannah represented Yorkshire in both wheelchair basketball and seated discus. After winning a silver medal at the UK School Games for seated discus, she was invited to a UK Athletics Talent ID Day at Loughborough University and the rest, as they say, is history.
An accomplished speaker with an inspiring story to tell, Hannah regularly appears on TV and in the media. Hannah is patron of five charities, she works closely with various disability groups and actively campaigns on disability issues.
Hannah was honoured to be awarded an MBE for services to athletics by The Queen in 2013.