Manchester Met scholar Kadeena Cox does the Rio double

SPORT scholar Kadeena Cox has been selected as part of the ParalympicsGB cycling team at Rio 2016 one week after her selection in the ParalympicsGB track and field team.

Kadeena, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014 following a stroke, is hoping to enter the history books next month as she looks to become the first British athlete since 1988 to win medals in two sports at a Games.

Despite being encouraged to choose one sport to specialise in, Kadeena has always insisted that she could take on the challenge of both at elite level.

Leeds-born Kadeena has had a rollercoaster of a year following classification changes in both athletics and cycling but undeterred she has her eyes on the biggest prize.

“I don’t think it’ll sink in until I get to Rio because I’ve still got so much work to do before I even get out to the Games so I’m just trying to focus on the next couple of weeks and training hard,” she said.

“I’m a very determined and competitive person and I just wanted to get to the Games to be there contending for those medals.

“I want to walk away with two golds and a silver, at least three medals.”

The 25-year-old returns to Manchester Met in February to continue her BSc in Physiotherapy and says finishing her studies will allow her to concentrate on her sporting career.

Kadeena will be sharing the plane to Rio with fellow MMU Sport scholar and Olympic medalist Helen Scott and is looking forward to sharing the experience with her best friend.

“Helen and Sophie Thornhill are my best friends on the team, we bounce off each other and having them there is awesome. “I don’t think I’d be able to do a lot of what I do without them. We’re ‘Team MMU!’ she said.

MMU Sport performance sport officer Callum Jones congratulated Kadeena on her incredible achievement.

“We are so happy that Kadeena’s hardwork and determination has paid off,” he said.

“Kadeena’s ambition and perseverance is inspiring to see.  She has shown amazing focus balancing the demands of both sports while putting herself at the forefront of the global stage for each.

“Everyone at MMU Sport wishes her the best of luck in Rio and we’ll all be cheering her on.”

To find out more about Kadeena and our other Manchester Metropolitan University students hoping to head to Rio visit our website and tweet #MMUatRio #MoreThanMedals