Hannah Cockroft wins gold.
After a very successful British Paralympics with a whopping 120 medals in total – of which 34 were gold – I thought I’d look back at some of the Superwomen of the games and their stories.
Take Stefanie Reid, an avid sportswomen and rugby player until a boating accident resulted in her right foot being amputated. Unable to take part in rugby any longer she then turned to athletics and took part in the 2008 Paralympics games, winning bronze in the long jump. This games she managed to better her bronze and won silver in the F42/44 women’s long jump.
‘Hurricane Hannah’ also had fabulous games, winning her 100m and 200m finals and breaking world records in the process. Hannah Cockroft had suffered two cardiac arrests during birth, leaving her with damaged areas of her brain, deformed legs and feet and was not expected to live past her teenage years. After an encounter with Lady Tanni-Grey Tompson and her husband at a Paralympic talent day and getting the chance to try out a racing wheelchair, she has continued to defy the odds and broken record after record.
Another amazing story is that of Martine Wright. The former marketing manager who lost both her legs after being caught up in the 2005 London terror attacks threw herself into sport and made her Paralympics debut this year in the Great Britain sitting volleyball team.
These women are just a handful of the strong and amazing athletes of the Games and they show that no matter what happens in life, if you have enough determination success could be just around the corner.
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