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Paralympic champion Hannah Cockcroft discusses Tokyo Games and innovation on Appleyard Lees podcast



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Intellectual property firm Appleyard Lees spoke to five-time Paralympic champion Hannah Cockcroft for its latest podcast.

Appleyard Lees. Picture: Keith Heppell
Appleyard Lees. Picture: Keith Heppell

Appleyard Lees partners Robert Cumming, a trade mark attorney and sports enthusiast, and Adam Tindall, a patent attorney and engineer, joined Hannah to discuss her career as a British wheelchair athlete, preparation for the Paralympic Games and the drivers behind innovation in her sport.

Hannah is also the 12-time world champion, and T34 world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres and 1500 metres.

Discussing innovation in her sport over the last 60 years she told The Greenshoots Podcast: “The original racing chair was an NHS ‘bog-standard’ hospital wheelchair which was upgraded to something which looked like a roller skate with two back wheels and two little front wheels. “There have been few changes made since the 60s, with innovation only really seeing chairs becoming longer and lighter.”

Speaking about her excitement for the Games, which begins in Tokyo today (Tuesday) after 18 months of uncertainty, she said: “It’s going to be a celebration – looking back at what we’ve all got through following the pandemic and we’re coming out the other side of it.”

Appleyard Lees, which has Cambridge offices, has posted the podcast at https://www.podfollow.com/greenshoots/view.

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