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In this edition we’ve gone Sport mad! To kick off we have inspirational interviews with Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Frankie Dettori. Nutrition advice from Arsenal’s James Collins and we go behind the microphone with Gabby Logan. We learn what it takes to get to the top from the next generation of sporting super stars. Along with holiday competitions, top beauty picks we have it all. Come and join our FREE club – the one-stop-shop for everything to do with ‘school and parent life’.

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PROFILE From Left: Racing in the T34 800m, her idol Chantal Petitclerc, enjoying some downtime with boyfriend Paralympian Nathan Maguire. WORDS: AMANDA MORISON, PHOTOGRAPHY: © JODI HANAGAN, WIKIPEDIA COMMONS “The whole community raised money for my first race chair, and it’s so nice to be able to give something back” at nutrition, but knows that a massive piece of cake isn’t worth missing a gold medal for. “It’s a choice. You train on Christmas Day, miss family and friends when you’re abroad, and see parties on social media that you wish you’d been able to go to. But how many people get to represent their country?” At this stage of her career Cockroft is starting to think about her legacy, having received so much wisdom from those she has followed. When she met her idol, 14-time Paralympic gold medallist Chantal Petitclerc, she was lost for words – and was pretty speechless when she met David Beckham too. Now it’s younger athletes telling her that she is the reason they started sport. As someone in the public eye she feels she has a responsibility to help grow her sport. She is the only Paralympian to be nominated for BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year outside a Paralympic year – “It’s every athlete’s dream to be up there making history. My dad watches the show religiously and it was amazing to be able to get him a ticket”. Being awarded an MBE was a “massive honour, but humbling and strange. I was in the line with Britain’s most injured Afghan war veteran, Lance Bombadier Ben Parkinson. He lost both legs, has severe brain damage and is the nicest guy. I just go out and do something I love. He put his life on the line and almost got killed.”. Her advice for any aspiring athlete is not to hook your dreams on becoming a professional: “it’s ruthless and competitive, never something you can do on the side, and you have to be the best of the best. It takes hard work”. And what’s left to achieve? Cockroft already has two gold Royal Mail postboxes in her home town of Halifax, one of them 100 metres from her house. “The whole community raised money for my first race chair, and it’s so nice to be able to give something back.” She’s focusing on TV, after a successful presenting run on Countryfile which included herding highland cattle and being a dairy farmer for a day. 2019 also saw Cockroft racing against Usain Bolt as part of a #onerace relay race to open the Tokyo Games. It must have been amazing fun and is hopefully a precursor of many more golden times to come. Hannah’s London 2012 gold postbox and with parents Rachel and Graham and brothers Joshua and Daniel SPRING/SUMMER 20 ★ 39