Portraiture with Hannah Cockroft
What a crazy few days I had when I met with Hannah Cockroft, I was in Leicestershire photographing a wedding on the Saturday, this was a great wedding by the way; and until meeting Hannah on the Monday would have been the highlight of my trip, or so I thought. I did not fully appreciate what Sunday would have in store for me either. My life is not normally this exciting I assure you.
On Sunday I was photographing Race Walking Trials in Leeds where Tom Bosworth Qualified for the Olympics and was now assured a place in Rio. Myself and another photographer, went to the Trials to meet with Tom, he is one of her friends and we had agreed to turn up and photograph his race if we were in the area. (Leicestershire is kind of in the area?). During the after race celebrations in a local pub we were talking with Tom’s manager who said that he would be able to get us a photoshoot with Hannah Cockroft before she went off to Rio, as we were in the area (Halifax!!) he arranged it for the next day and I have to say my week got even better from there.
We met with Hannah Cockroft MBE at her home, she was absolutely amazing, there were no airs and graces she is a hard working, down to earth, grafter. Who trains relentlessly. For me Hannah was an inspiration, not because of her amazing athletic feats or her achievements in the face of adversity. But her sheer grit, determination to succeed and iron will to thrive is palpable and contagious.
We took Hannah to the dales to do some shots of her training on the road, she did some hill climbs and then came straight at us while we were laying on the floor attempting to get photos of her in actions. She is fast!, I know she’s the world record holder but wow she can fly! To get the shots right we repeated several times, this did not phase her she just kept going up the hill and coming back down, without complaint and hardly out of breath.
Hannah Cockroft is truly an inspiration and it was a joy to watch her succeed in Rio. She is one of the greats and I for one salute her.
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