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BT Ambassador Hannah Cockroft returns to former Olympic Stadium ahead of National Paralympic Day

Summary

Ahead of National Paralympic Day on Sunday 26 July BT Ambassador Hannah Cockroft, one of Britain’s most recognisable Paralympians, today returned to the scene of her London 2012 triumph, the former Olympic Stadium.

Ahead of National Paralympic Day on Sunday 26 July BT Ambassador Hannah Cockroft, one of Britain’s most recognisable Paralympians, today returned to the scene of her London 2012 triumph, the former Olympic Stadium.

Today’s visit was a chance for champion Cockroft to reminisce about her experience at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and remember winning her Gold medals on the iconic track. It also gave her the opportunity to discuss her excitement for National Paralympic Day, the annual centrepiece of para-sport in the UK.

Cockroft, who won two Gold medals in the Stadium at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, is returning to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 26 July as the Stadium hosts the final leg of the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Series, as part of National Paralympic Day.

Hannah Cockroft said, “Being here on the start line here in the Stadium has brought back some amazing memories of when I won my Gold medals. I remember that moment like it was yesterday and can still hear the crowds cheering me on. It was a very special moment.

“It is wonderful that para-athletics can be celebrated in such a way, at the home of the London 2012 Games. So many dreams have been created here, including mine - so it’s fitting that this year Para-sport can be celebrated in style.

“As I look ahead to the World Championships in October and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games next year, I am very grateful for BT’s continued support, and am very proud to represent them.”

BT is a long-term supporter of disability sport in the UK, and the founding partner of the British Paralympic Association.

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About National Paralympic Day celebrations

National Paralympic Day, funded by Spirit of 2012, sees a day of celebration take place across the country. At Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, an international para-swimming competition hosted by the London Aquatics Centre will take place at the same venue where GB swimmers won 39 medals at their home Games.

The final day of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, which will incorporate the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final and see the world’s best para-athletes return to the former Olympic Stadium for the first time in two years.

In addition to the ticketed events on offer at National Paralympic Day, there will be plenty of free activities for visitors on the day. This includes the chance to meet and greet Paralympians, try out a wide range of disability sports and enjoy the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival, which will be presenting another exciting line-up of Deaf and disabled artists, musicians and performers.

About The British Paralympic Association

The British Paralympic Association is the National Paralympic Committee for the UK, responsible for the promotion of the Paralympic movement in Great Britain and selecting, entering and funding the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic team.

ParalympicsGB is the name for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team that competes at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. The Team is selected and managed by the British Paralympic Association, in conjunction with the national governing bodies, and is made up of the best sportsmen and women who compete in the 22 summer and four winter sports on the Paralympic Programme.

There is only one Paralympic team from Great Britain and Northern Ireland; ParalympicsGB. There is not a Paralympic swimming team or Paralympic tennis team. The individual sports join to become ParalympicsGB, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team.

We are proud of our tradition of outstanding performance at the Paralympic Games: ParalympicsGB finished second in the medals table at three consecutive summer Paralympic Games and won 120 medals at London 2012.

The BPA would like to thank the National Lottery and our official partners adidas, ASOS, BP, BT, Deloitte, EDF Energy, Hogan Lovells, Mondel?z International, Nissan and Sainsbury’s for their support.

National Paralympic Day is supported by Spirit of 2012.