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Golden Girl Hannah Cockroft MBE has won an Association of Colleges’ Gold Award

27th May 2013 <b>Golden</b> Girl Hannah Cockroft MBE has won an Association of Colleges’ Gold Award

The 20 year old double gold-medal winning paralympian Hannah Cockroft studied for a Level 2 Sports Diploma at Calderdale College from 2010-2011 whilst training for the Paralympics. The course was coursework-based allowing Hannah to juggle her professional training and her career as well as her studies.

Lord Willis of Knaresborough, President of the Association of Colleges’ Charitable Trust will present Hannah with her award at a ceremony on Wednesday 5th June 2013 at the House of Commons.

She will share the stage with seven other winners which include:

  • Maggie Alphonsi MBE, Professional Rugby Player, Hertford Regional College
  • Paul Barron CBE, Business Consultant, Lincoln College
  • Professor Chris Day, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Liver Medicine at Newcastle University, Tyne Metropolitan College
  • Greg Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of Galliford Try plc, South Devon College
  • Adam Gray, Executive Chef, Skylon Restaurant at the Southbank Centre, Northampton College
  • Russell Howard, Comedian, Alton College
  • Sarah Longthorn, Founding Director of WedgeWelly, Hull College

Hannah like the other seven AoC Gold Award winners has been nominated by her Further Education College and all winners are people who attended College and have since gone on to achieve excellence in their chosen field.

The AoC Charitable Trust presents the Gold Awards to a select number of former college students each year in recognition of the vital role further education plays in the careers of the winners and of their continuing achievements. To highlight the important role further education continues to play for today’s students the AoC Charitable Trust runs a ‘mini me’ campaign alongside the Gold Awards. The colleges each select a current student who shows promise in a similar field to their Gold Award winner.

These ‘mini me’s’ will also attend the House of Commons event and have the opportunity to meet this year’s inspirational winners and find out more about how they achieved their success and the role that their college played in their careers.

On the same evening students' from across the College will also be recognised for their achievement in their chosen field and the positive impact they have on the local community at the annual VQ Day celebration event at Victoria Theatre.

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