Hannah Cockroft aims to complete her medal collection

Hannah Cockroft aiming to complete her set of major titles by winning gold at the IPC Athletics European Championships

Hannah Cockroft will go into the 2014 season with the aim of completing her set of major titles by winning gold at the IPC Athletics European Championships.

The multiple world record holding wheelchair racer is already double Paralympic and world champion over the T36 100m and 200m distances.

And with her race classification not part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Cockroft’s winter training is being geared towards ensuring she ‘completes the set’ of major titles by becoming European champion in Swansea next August.

“We have got the European Championships next year and European champion is the one title that I don’t yet have,” said the 21-year-old, speaking at the 2013 Sainsbury’s School Games where she put on a sprint masterclass for budding athletes at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium.

“I am gutted I don’t have a race at the Commonwealth Games. That would have been massive to go and represent England, but to say you have the full line-up of titles is quite an achievement so that is the aim now with the Europeans.

“My motivation is always there as there are always girls to beat and races to win.

“I don’t really know which girls are going to be racing at the Europeans. It shouldn’t be too difficult but it is always good to go and lay down a marker and show the girls that I am still working hard and I am here to win in just under three years time at Rio 2016.”

Reflecting on a season in which she underlined her dominance of the 100m and 200m disciplines by following London 2012 gold medals with twin success at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Lyon, Cockroft insists she can go faster still.

“The highlight of this season was becoming double world champion,” she said. “It was a tough one because I didn’t know what the girls were going to pull out especially off the back of the Paralympics in London. But we knew exactly what I was going to do.

“It’s been a fantastic season with setting new world records. Having a brand new coach (Jenni Banks), we didn’t know how it was going to go, but there is a really good relationship forming now and I am happy.

“I just hope to get quicker for the 2014 season.”

The Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was held in venues across Sheffield from 12-15 September 2013. Visit www.2013schoolgames.com for more information.

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