World record success for Hurricane Hannah

Hannah Cockroft MBE celebrates success in recent competitions.
Hannah Cockroft MBE celebrates success in recent competitions.

Halifax-born paralympian athlete blew away the competition as she thrashed three world records at national and international events.

Hannah Cockroft MBE, or Hurricane Hannah, competed in the T34 wheelchair races at the 2014 IPC grand Prix in Switzerland in May and at the Bedford International Games earlier this month.

The 21 year old achieved new world records in the Women’s 100m and 200m wheelchair races in Switzerland, as well as a new world record at the 1,500m distance in Bedford.

Hannah, who celebrated success after she wont gold at 100m and 200m distances at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, studies journalism and media at Coventry University under the sports scholarship scheme.

The sports scholarship scheme provides support and is designed for elite athletes.

She said: “Coming to university as an elite athlete was never going to be easy but the scholarship provided some extra guidance and support to help me to balance my sport and study commitments.

“The staff dedicate themselves to the athletes to ensure that they can be successful in their studies but continue to be in top form for their competitive seasons.

“It’s going great so far and I’m naturally delighted with my recent race performances.”