James Heal Sponsor Calderdale Sports Awards 2012

15 November 2012

James Heal proudly sponsored a category at this year's Calderdale Sports Awards.

Innovation Director Neil Pryke presents Hannah Cockcroft with the award:

Neil Pryke and Hannah Cockcroft

James Heal are proud to have sponsored the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award at this year's Calderdale Sports Awards.

Halifax's own Paralympic double gold medalist Hannah Cockroft was the guest of honour and we were delighted to present her with the award for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year.

The local community is important to James Heal, and we are pleased to be able to support the event, which is held annually and celebrates the achievements of local sports people.

Hannah won the gold medal in Wheelchair 100m and 200m sprints at the Paralympics this summer.

Known as "Hurricane Hannah", the 20-year-old from Halifax completed the T34 100 metres in a world record time. She became a household name when she went on to win Great Britain's first gold medal on the track and smashed the 100m T34 Paralympic record twice in one day to finish in 18.06secs.

At birth, Hannah suffered brain damage from two cardiac arrests. She describes her impairment as "deformed legs and feet". It was an honour for James Heal to present this award to Hannah and she is an inspiration to us all.