Hannah Cockroft inspires Hartford students

Double Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft inspired sporting stars of the future when she visited Hartford Church of England High School in Northwich.

Double Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft inspired sporting stars of the future when she visited Hartford Church of England High School in Northwich.

Youth Sport Trust Ambassador Hannah, whose incredible efforts at the London 2012 Paralympic Games saw her win gold in the T34 100 and 200 metres, kept a watchful eye as students from the school demonstrated their athletic prowess across a series of challenging events.

She also met some lucky pupils at the school, and shared the story of her journey and the difficulties she has overcome.

Hannah visited Hartford after the school won a photo competition she judged during National School Sport Week in June. The thousands of schools taking part were invited to tweet images of the activities they were holding to celebrate the week, but it was a photo of Reece, taking part in capoeira that impressed Hannah the most. The Brazilian martial art features elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

Hannah said: "Picking a winner of the photo competition was such a tough decision to make, as lots of schools put on great events, but I loved the brilliance and concentration of Reece doing capoeira.

"It's been such a fun day at Hartford, and everybody is really enthusiastic. It is great to see the school expanding on National School Sport Week by getting involved in such a wide range of sports activities."

Julia Harries, Assistant Headteacher at Hartford said: "It's been wonderful to have Hannah visit the school, it is something we have been looking forward to for quite a while.

"We wanted our students to experience something different for National School Sport Week, so we put on a range of activities including capoeira, rowing and a giant inflatable obstacle course. It was a great week for the whole school, and seeing Hannah with our students today has been the icing on the cake."

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