Golden girl and silver starlet visit Valley school children

Double gold-medal-winning paralympian Hannah Cockroft visits Thompson Reuters, Mytholmroyd.

Double gold-medal-winning paralympian Hannah Cockroft visits Thompson Reuters, Mytholmroyd.

Olympic fever may well have been and gone in most parts of the country but it’s still going strong in the upper Calder Valley.

London 2012 Paralympic heroes Karen Darke and Hannah Cockroft have visited the area to give inspirational talks to adults and youngsters.

Mytholmroyd-raised hand cyclist Karen visited her former school, Calder High, earlier this year to talk to pupils about her Paralympic experiences.

Students have been so inspired that they are hoping to fund Karen’s bid to get to the next Paralympics.

By turning up at the school gates with 5p coins each day, they are hoping to raise £2,016 for the Mytholmroyd school’s Road to Rio campaign.

Teacher Jan Healey said: “They wanted to do something to help make a difference.”

Meanwhile Halifax Hurricane Hannah visited Cragg Vale-based company Thomson Reuters group and spoke to staff and pupils from Calder High about her double gold medal winning Paralympic Games.

“London 2012 was an incredible year for me where my dreams came true following years of hard work,” said the 20-year-old Halifax-based athlete. “It has been fantastic to visit the team at Thomson Reuters and they are a company whose values and hard work ethic is very impressive.”

As well as talking about her London experiences Hannah showed off her gold medals and took questions from the audience.

Miles Hutchinson, director of UK Legal Content Operations at Thomson Reuters said: “I am absolutely delighted that Thomson Reuters was able to host Hannah’s visit to the Calder Valley.

“It’s been fantastic to have a Paralympic champion in our midst and a great way to bring together our employees and the local community, including pupils from Calder High School.

“It was a real pleasure for everyone to meet Hannah and talk about her many achievements, and we all wish her the best of luck in the upcoming Paralympic grand prix events.”

Two members of Calder High’s Community Action group, Emily Johnson and Alex Hutchinson, went with Mrs Healey to meet Hannah.

Mrs Healey said: “Both students were able to talk with Hannah and were privileged to hold one of her gold medals.

“The students were very excited to meet a Paralympian and were in awe of her achievements.

“Hannah is an excellent role model for young people and engaged their attention for nearly an hour with her recollection of the Games.”




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