Paralympics stars Cockroft and Brown back awards

Hannah Cockroft
Hannah Cockroft

Paralympics stars Hannah Cockroft MBE and Danielle Brown MBE will be the special guest speakers at the 20th Federation of Disability Sports Organisations (FDSO) annual awards dinner next Friday, March 22.

Wakefield-based charity FDSO has gathered nominations from across Yorkshire and the Humber in 12 award categories ranging from Young Achiever to the coveted Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards.

“Through our work with the county sports partnerships and sports governing bodies and with schools, clubs and community groups FDSO has been able to promote and support sustainable activity for people of all abilities”, said chief executive Kevan Halliday-Brown.

“The annual awards dinner is an acknowledgement of the high achievement of so many - not just as successful athletes but also those who have worked hard to increase opportunities and participation by disabled people.”

Hannah Cockroft, from Halifax, progressed from discus thrower to wheelchair racer thanks to the FDSO’s Active Events programmes in 2007 and went on to win two gold medals in the London 2012 Paralympics.

Like Cockroft, archery star Danielle Brown, from North Yorkshire, is a former FDSO award winner and won gold in the women’s individual compound in London.

The awards dinner at the Cedar Court Bradford will be hosted by FDSO president David Oxley CBE and vice president Sir Rodney Walker. Tickets for the event are £27 and can be purchased by calling 01924 372382.