Friday, 28 August 2015

Hannah to race at School Games

World, European and Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft MBE returns to the Sainsbury's School Games in Manchester on Friday 4 September to compete as a guest, four years after striking gold at the event in 2011.

The double Paralympic champion from London 2012 will line up against Sainsbury's 2015 School Games competitors at the Manchester Regional Arena as part of her preparation to retain her world titles at the 2015 IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha next month.

Hannah competed at multiple School Games, kicking off her glittering sporting career at the 2007 School Games in Coventry where she competed in the seated discus. Here she was spotted by a GB talent scout and a talent day in Loughborough followed to begin the career of one of Great Britain's most exciting track stars.
 
Hannah wins gold at the 2011 School Games
Hannah landed gold in the 100m wheelchair race at the Sainsbury's 2011 School Games before going on to international success with double gold in the T34 100m and 200m at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championship titles. This time she will line up non-competitively in the 100m and 800m mixed-sex wheelchair races and therefore be unable to pick up a medal.

Hannah said: "I am so excited to be lining up in Manchester to get some vital competition practice at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games. This event literally kick started my career and I feel honoured to return again as a competitor".

"With just over a month to the IPC World Athletics Championships and a year until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Friday will form an important part of my preparations. Having won the 100m event in 2011, I am looking forward to taking on the young talent competing at this year's Sainsbury's School Games and I would like to thank the organisers for allowing me to take part."
 

The Sainsbury's 2015 School Games, which are supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, are a major multi-sport event for some of the most talented young athletes across the UK. This year 1,600 athletes will compete in 12 sports in venues across Manchester and will experience a spectacular opening and closing ceremony, an Athletes' Village, and a targeted education programme which includes anti-doping advice and guidance.

More than 15,000 spectators are expected at the event which is supported by more than 500 volunteers, many of which are young people who provide round the clock support to the athletes, coaches, officials and spectators.

You can watch Hannah's races live online here at the following times on Friday 4 September:

13:00 100m Wheelchair race
16:35 800m Wheelchair race

To show your support and be part of the action, order your Sainsbury's 2015 School Games tickets here: http://www.2015schoolgames.com/tickets.php
 
You can follow Hannah on Twitter @HCDream2012 and find out more about her through her website www.hannahcockroft.co.uk

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