Paralympics gold medalist Sophie Hahn from Widmerpool was thanked for her sporting achievements at a special reception attended by villagers and other friends.
Sophie won gold at both the Rio and Tokyo Paralympics and more than 40 people attended the reception at Keyworth Rugby Pavilion organised by Widmerpool Parish Council.
At the “tea, cakes and bubbles reception” Mrs. Jenny Daynes, the vice chair of Widmerpool Parish Council, said that for Sophie 2020 “had been a year of Gruelling training amid the threat of Covid and the uncertainties of lockdown.”
Mrs. Daynes said that on top of the usual exercise regime Sophie had to think about “the threat of Covid and the uncertainties of lockdown.”
She continued:” The training was incredibly hard – not forgetting the interruptions she must have had to her exercise plans during lockdowns.”
Sophie’s weekly exercise regime in a week included sessions in the gym, speed endurance work with only one rest day.
In the T38 100 metres in Tokyo Sophie achieved gold, clocking 12.43 seconds in the final and having equalled her own world record of 12.38 seconds in the heats.
At the reception Mrs. Daynes said: ”Rumour has it that Sophie’s bid for stardom started at Widmerpool at the Beehive Lawn Barbecue during the London Olympics when her brothers encouraged her to try sprinting.”
She added: ” The following year Sophie was signed up by Charnwood Athletics Club and the rest is history.”