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Paralympian Hannah Cockroft receives freedom honour

Hannah Cockroft
Image caption Cockroft is being honoured for her "eminent services to Calderdale"

Double gold medal-winning Paralympian Hannah Cockroft has been awarded the freedom of the Borough of Calderdale.

Cockroft was awarded the honour at a ceremony at the town hall in her hometown of Halifax later.

Wheelchair racer Cockroft won two gold medals in the women's T34 100m and 200m wheelchair sprints.

The Paralympian described it as a "huge honour" and said: "I love the fact that it means part of me will be in Calderdale forever."

Calderdale Council said the decision to award Cockroft with the accolade was unanimous.

She is being recognised for her "eminent services to Calderdale", which includes her work as an ambassador for the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice in Brackenhall.

Councillor John Hardy, Calderdale mayor, said: "The people of Calderdale are extremely proud of Hannah, not just for her outstanding athletic achievements but also for her continued hard work in the community.

"The highest honour reflects the admiration we all have for Hannah."

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