Halifax’s Hurricane Hannah gets MBE

Hannah Cockroft at her gold postbox in Mount Tabor.
Hannah Cockroft at her gold postbox in Mount Tabor.

Calderdale’s inspirational double gold medallist, Hannah Cockroft, has been awarded an MBE in the 2013 Honours list.

It is the latest in a string of awards which have gone this year to the Mount Tabor wheechair athlete.

Last month, she was made an Honorary Freewoman of the Borough of Calderdale and an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Halifax Calder.

The new sports hall at the Calderdale College “Inspire Centre” was named after Hannah, a former student, to mark her world beating achievements at this year’s Paralympics.

She stormed to victory in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, winning gold medals in the T34 100m and 200m and breaking Paralympic records in both.

In May, 19-year-old 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.