Hannah is proud to be an Honorary Freewoman of the Borough

Hannah Cockroft with the Mayor of Calderdale John Hardy
Hannah Cockroft with the Mayor of Calderdale John Hardy
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Calderdale’s inspirational double gold medallist, Hannah Cockroft, has received the highest honour that the local authority can bestow.

She became an Honorary Freewoman of the Borough during a formal presentation ceremony at Halifax Town Hall.

The decision to award Hannah with the prestigious accolade was unanimous amongst councillors.

The Mayor of Calderdale John Hardy presented Hannah with the Honorary Freedom scroll and she signed the Honorary Freedom roll of honour.

She then unveiled her name on the Honorary Freedom plaque.

Hannah’s family and friends attended the ceremony along with other Honorary Freemen and Freewomen of the Borough and councillors.

Hannah, of Mount Tabor, Halifax, stormed to victory in the London 2012 Paralympic Games after winning gold medals in the T34 100m and 200m and breaking Paralympic records in both.

In May Hannah became the first person to set a world record in the Olympic Stadium in the 100m.

She also carried the Olympic Torch through Brighouse.

After her Paralympic triumph, Hannah was welcomed back to Calderdale by crowds at the Piece Hall.

She said: “It’s a huge honour for me to become a Freewoman of the Borough of Calderdale.

“I love the fact that it means part of me will be in Calderdale forever.

“No matter where in the world I travel to, it means I will never forget where I’ve come from and the people who got me where I am today.”

Councillor Hardy said: “The people of Calderdale are extremely proud of Hannah, not just for her outstanding athletic achievements but also for her continued hard work in the community. The highest honour reflects the admiration we all have for Hannah.”