With the big push for Rio still ahead, Great Britain’s reigning Paralympic medalist in the women’s T34 100 meter and 200 meter events Hannah Cockroft has finished three weeks of hard training in Australia, and is preparing to return home. This morning, on her last day of active training in Australia, Cockroft and other athletes she is training with were awoken by Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority who were seeking blood and urine samples. Then she went out for a 10 mile spin along one of Western Australia’s beaches.
The British para-athletics champion arrived in Australia in the first week of January. In her first week in Australia, training alongside Richard Chiassaro, she covered 78 total miles in three separate training sessions. By the end of her third week, she had covered 250 miles doing sprints, fartleks and jogs. This was on top of having logged over 15 hours in the gym.
Cockroft is trained by Australian coach Jenni Banks, who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal during this year’s Australia Day festivities. Cockroft and Banks have been working together for the past three years.