HANNAH SELECTED FOR WORLDS

Local running star Hannah Taunton has earned herself a place on the Great Britain team at the World Para Athletics Championships, following a summer of personal best performances on the track.

 

The 28 year-old travels to Dubai in November and will compete for Great Britain over 1500 metres. She has a personal best of 4 minutes 39.36 seconds, which currently ranks her third in the world rankings in the T20 category, which is for athletes with an intellectual impairment.

 

Hannah is well known on the local running scene having been a long-term member of her first claim club Taunton AC since she first joined aged 12. She has also been a winner of the local Taunton 10k & Half Marathon, is a second claim member of Running Forever Running Club, and a regular on the local parkrun scene.

Hannah’s running talents were first spotted by former Head of PE at Castle School, Barry Jones who signposted her to the local athletics club, demonstrating the important role schoolteachers play in making those links with community sports club.

Hannah’s running talents were first spotted by former Head of PE at Castle School, Barry Jones who signposted her to the local athletics club, demonstrating the important role schoolteachers play in making those links with community sports club.

Long-term coach, Charlotte Fisher said "I have worked with Hannah on and off for 16 years. Three years ago, we made the mutual commitment to work towards the goal of Hannah earning herself a Great Britain vest. I am absolutely thrilled for Hannah who has really stepped up to the challenge of training and competing on the track. She has shown great resilience and commitment and has backed this up with some superb performances and a series of personal bests over the last 12 months. It is fantastic to see her achievements recognised with her first international vest."

 

Coaches Keith Paul and Sharron Kington have also played a key role in supporting Hannah in recent years, as have many of her training partners at the club.

 

The World Para Athletics Championships takes place in Dubai from 7-15 November.

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