Double gold champ opens school garden

Hannah in her racing wheelchair with youngsters at her former school

Hannah in her racing wheelchair with youngsters at her former school

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Paralympian Hannah Cockroft returned to her old school to open a new sensory garden.

The 19-year-old sporting star cut the ribbon at Wainstalls Primary School to officially open its new pride and joy.

Hannah, who has cerebral palsy, broke four world records in one day at last year’s British Wheelchair Athletics Association International, and is currently an IPC Athletics World Championships double gold medallist.

Donations and fund-raisers over the past few years have paid for the garden at her former school, which boasts a seating area, large coins cemented into different parts of the garden, and information about plants and insects.

Claire Webster, of the parent teacher association Friends of Wainstalls, said: “It’s somewhere where the children can get away from the hustle and bustle of the playground and just have a look at nature.

“It was great having Hannah to open it, as she went to school there so it was nice for her to come down.”