Double gold medallist Hannah Cockroft is to be made an Honorary Freewoman of the Borough of Calderdale at a ceremony in Halifax Town Hall on Saturday.
The Halifax athlete, who has cerebral palsy, stormed to victory in the London 2012 Paralympic Games after winning gold medals in the T34 100m and 200m and breaking Paralympic records in both. In May 2012 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 hundreds of people at a homecoming event at the Piece Hall in Halifax.
Hannah says: “It’s a huge honour for me to become a Freewoman of the Borough of Calderdale. I'm very proud to be from Yorkshire and to live in Halifax, surrounded by the townspeople, who have helped me so much in the past four years to achieve my ultimate dream."
Hannah Cockcroft is returning to her old school, Calderdale College, to name the Inspire Centre which houses the sports hall and gym.
Hannah Cockroft will hopefully provide the inspiration for thousands of runners in Huddersfield later.
The Paralympic gold medalist will officially open the second annual half marathon in the town.
The race is raising money for the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice.
Calderdale's double Paralympics Gold Medallist, Hannah Cockroft, has become a Freewoman of the Borough and she was given an " amazing " welcome home at a civic celebration in Halifax's Piece Hall.
Paralympic double gold medallist Hannah Cockroft became a Freewoman of the Borough of Calderdale at a ceremony in her home town of Halifax. Hundreds of people packed out the Piece Hall and gave a rapturous welcome to Calderdale's golden girl.
It was Hannah's second civic reception of the day - crowds had also gathered in Leeds earlier to pay tribute to the 20 year old's incredible achievement.
The Leeds-based stars of the London 2012 Paralympic Games were honoured at a special celebration event in Millennium Square at lunchtime. Athletics star Hannah Cockroft, cyclist David Stone MBE, swimmer Claire Cashmore and powerlifter Ali Jawad were all given a rousing welcome.
Sally Simpson reports.
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Calderdale’s double Paralympic Gold medallist, Hannah Cockroft, is set to become a Freewoman of the Borough. Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, said:“This is the highest accolade that the Council can bestow and reflects the pride and admiration we all have for Hannah.”
In the meantime, Hannah is due to attend a civic homecoming on September 13 in Halifax's historic Piece Hall where people from across Calderdale will have the chance to share Hannah’s delight at winning the 100m and 200m sprint events.
Calderdale Council’s Mayor, Cllr John Hardy, says he hopes people from across the borough will take the opportunity to share in Hannah’s triumph and show their support to a remarkable athlete.
“Her triumph is one of which Calderdale can be really proud. She is an inspiration to us all, showing what can be achieved with Yorkshire grit and determination. We’re all delighted for her and it will be marvellous to see crowds of people in the Piece Hall,” said Cllr Hardy.
Gold-medallist Hannah Cockroft's stamp is on sale across the country from today including a post office in her home town of Halifax.
Wheelchair racing athlete Hannah Cockroft from Calderdale is aiming for Gold medal success at the Paralympic World Cup. She is thinking of it as a chance to hone her skills before the Olympic Games this summer.
Cockroft will take part in the T34 100m competition at the Manchester Regional Arena Track on Tuesday 22 May.
The 19 year old having took double gold at the IPC World Athletics Championships in New Zealand in 2011. She also holds four world records in the T34 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m distances, and recently bettered her own 400m world record while competing in Australia.