Hannah’s praise for soldiers at MBE ceremony

Hannah Cockroft outside Buckingham Palace with her MBE
Hannah Cockroft outside Buckingham Palace with her MBE

Double gold medallist Hannah Cockroft has spoken of her “amazing day” at Buckingham Palace as she picked up her MBE.

The wheelchair racer was honoured for services to athletics by Prince Charles at the ceremony in the palace ballroom.

“It was an amazing experince to be inside the palace,” said the 20-year-old from Mount Tabor, who won gold in the T34 100m and 200m events at the Paralympics in London, last year.

“I got to talk to Prince Charles who came down off the step to talk to me. He congratulated me on London 2012 and said I had nice hands for a wheelchair user.”

Hannah joined around 100 other recipients of honours at the event, including community figures and many servicemen.

“It was the other people in the room that made an impression on me. I was surrounded by servicemen and women - it’s incredible these people put their lives at risk every day, it felt very humbling.”

She took her mum, dad and brother to the palace for the day.

“It will go on display at home although I’m not quite sure where it is at the minute.”