With less than 100 days to go until the 2012 Paralympic games, what was once not even a dream has now become reality for Hannah Cockroft. When she was born, Hanna suffered multiple cardiac arrests causing severe damage to her spine, legs and feet the result of which left doctors doubting she’d live to see her 20s. Today, the 19 year old from Halifax, West Yorks in the UK not only thrives but is preparing to compete on the largest athletic stage in the world – the 2012 Paralympic Games.
“I don’t think I’ve done too badly for a girl who the doctors said would never walk, talk or do anything for herself, “ she says, “They told my parents I’d never be able to do anything my whole life and wouldn’t live past my teenage years. But I don’t like people telling me what to do.”
Her athletic career has garnered two world champion titles and holds multiple world records. This summer she plans to race in the 100m and 200m track events in London amongst the greatest athletes from across the globe.
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