PARALYMPIC golden girl Hannah Cockroft is to receive yet another accolade – the Honorary Freewoman of the Borough.
Calderdale’s inspirational double gold medallist, Hannah will tomorrow receive the highest honour available for the council to bestow.
Fresh from winning two gold medals at the Paralympics, Hannah will attend a glittering ceremony at Halifax Town Hall
The call to bestow the honour on the champion has been backed by every Calderdale councillor.
Hannah said: “It’s a huge honour for me to become a Freewoman of the Borough of Calderdale.
“I’m very proud to be from Yorkshire and to live in Halifax, surrounded by the townspeople who have helped me so much in the past four years to achieve my ultimate dream.
“I love the fact that it means part of me will be in Calderdale forever.
“No matter where in the world I travel to, it means I will never forget where I’ve come from and the people who got me where I am today.”
The athlete, who has cerebral palsy and races in a wheelchair, stormed to victory in the London games this year to win gold medals in the T34 100m and 200m – breaking Paralympic records in both.
In May Hannah became the first person to set a world record in the Olympic Stadium, which she did in the 100m.
She also carried the Olympic Torch through Brighouse during the national relay.
And Hannah has used her status to help charity. She is an ambassador for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall.
Mayor of Calderdale Clr John Hardy will present Hannah with the Honorary Freedom scroll and will invite her to sign the Honorary Freedom roll of honour.
Hannah will then unveil her name on the Honorary Freedom plaque.
Clr Hardy 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.
“This is one of only three occasions where Honorary Freedom has been bestowed by the council since the formation of the borough in 1974, so this is an eminent status and one that is truly deserved.”
Hannah’s family and friends will join her at the ceremony, as well as other Honorary Freemen and Freewomen of the Borough and councillors.