The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games were brought to a close in a glittering ceremony this weekend celebrating the success of Paralympians from all over the world, with University sport scholar, Kadeena Cox, acting as flag bearer for Team GB.
Kadeena, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis following a stroke in 2014, made her Paralympic debut this year and achieved four medals across two different sports – cycling and athletics. Kadeena is the first Briton in 28 years to win medals in two sports at one Games and the first in 32 years to secure golds in two sports at the same Paralympics.
Callum Jones, Performance Sport Officer at MMU Sport, said: “After overcoming so much, Kadeena’s talent, pride and determination was inspiring to see. We are immensely proud that she was chosen to be the flag bearer for Team GB in the closing ceremony this weekend.”
The athlete’s first medal was secured on the athletics track where she achieved a bronze medal in the 100m T38 race. The next day, Kadeena won gold in the women’s C4-5 500m cycling time trial, setting a new world record of 34.598 seconds. She achieved a second gold medal and broke another world record on the 400m athletics track on day seven of the Paralympics. The athlete won her fourth medal, a silver, in the 4x100m relay team.
Sport scholar Helen Scott also saw success at the Paralympics. The 26-year-old Sport and Exercise Science student acts as tandem pilot to the visually impaired cyclist Sophie Thornhill.
The pair won gold in the Women’s B kilo after clocking in at 1 minute 06.283 seconds – breaking the Paralympic record set moments before. They went onto win bronze medal in the 3km individual pursuit.
Callum added: “We are delighted to see the success of our sport scholars, Kadeena Cox and Helen Scott, at the Paralympics. Both athletes have shown such dedication to their sports – which in Kadeena’s case was two sports- and we are so glad that their hard work has paid off and they will be coming home as decorated Paralympians.”