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02/17/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/17/2017 10:37

Leeds Sports Awards nominee profile: Kadeena Cox

The Leeds Sports Awards 2017 will celebrate the city's 12 months of incredible sporting success at the First Direct Arena on Tuesday 7 March.

From athletes' and coaches' achievements on the global stage at the Olympics and Paralympics to the work done supporting school and student sport, there is plenty to shout about.

Among the finalists are six nominees with an affiliation to Leeds Beckett University.

Ahead of next month's ceremony, organised by Sport Leeds, we are profiling each of them.

Kadeena Cox, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science 2013.

Leeds-born hero Kadeena is nominated in the Sportswoman (Disability) category of the Senior Achievers section after a truly remarkable year.

She made history at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio - becoming the first Briton in nearly 30 years to win medals in two different sports at the same games.

Her first of four medals came in the T38 100m athletics, in which she took bronze. Kadeena followed that up with a stunning C4-5 time trial cycling gold in a world record time of 35.716 seconds.

Then came another gold and another world record, this time in the T38 400m athletics. Kadeena rounded off an unforgettable Games with silver in the T35-38 4x100m relay.

Kadeena's medal-winning feats in different disciplines came 28 years after Isabel Barr's success in shooting and athletics in Seoul and two years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis following a stroke. She was picked to be Team GB's flagbearer at the Paralympics closing ceremony.

Away from Rio, she also claimed gold in the 500m time trial at the track cycling World Championships.

Kadeena was nominated as one of 16 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year crown in December and was made an MBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours List.

Speaking after making history in Rio, Kadeena said: 'I said two years ago in my hospital bed I would go to Rio and now I have done that.

'I have showed that whatever the set-backs in life you can do it.'

Kadeena is nominated alongside T34 Paralympic wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft for the award.

(SENIOR ACHIEVERS)

SPORTSWOMAN - DISABILITY

Hannah Cockroft MBE

Kadeena Cox MBE