Paralympic sprinting sensation Hannah Cockroft speaks to Game Changers about her journey so far

Last Updated: 21/04/14 2:01pm

Paralympic sprinting sensation Hannah Cockroft dropped into Game Changers to talk about her journey so far.

The British wheelchair athlete was one of the stars of the London 2012 Paralympics, where she won Great Britain's first track and field gold medal with a world record in the 100 metres T34. She followed that up with another world record and another gold in the 200 metres T34 event.

Hannah - who's nickname is Hurricane Hannah - told Game Changers how she got into her sport.

"I went to a mainstream school where I was the only disabled child there and I was never allowed to join in with PE," she said.

"When you are not allowed to join in with something then that is the one thing you always want to do. A wheelchair basketball coach moved into the next street from me. I met him and he invited me to a session where I ended up playing basketball with him for six years and moved up the ranks to international level.

"I also tried wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis and I was shocking at both! Then my school decided that actually I was quite good at sport and that they could adapt some of the PE lessons for me to join in.

"I started doing some of the throwing events like the discuss and won a silver medal at the UK School Games with that. I got invited to a British talent athletics ID day which is where I met Dr Ian Thompson. He gave me my first go in a racing wheelchair and I absolutely loved it. That was in 2007 and here we are seven years later!"

Click on the video above to find out how fast 'Hurricane Hannah' can go in her wheelchair, why she has called her racing wheelchair Sally and which record - out of her 24 world records - she is most proud of!

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