hannah russell mbe

Date published: January 03, 2017

New Year Honour for Hannah

Student Paralympian Hannah Russell has been made an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

Hannah, 20, who studies Sports Science at the University of Salford, was made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to swimming.

During the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Hannah won Gold in the S12 100m backstroke, smashing her own world record. Hannah followed this up by winning Bronze in the S12 100m freestyle. She then swam to victory in the S12 50m freestyle event, winning another Gold for Team GB.

Hannah, who is partially sighted, took a break from her studies in order to train for the Paralympic games in Rio. She plans to return to the University of Salford next month to begin the second year of her course.

In a recent interview with the Guardian Students, Hannah said: “I’m really looking forward to going back. [to University] It will be a change for me, as I’ve just been purely focused on the training this year. It’ll be nice to have something else, to see my friends again. 

“Salford has been supportive and they’d always send me my work while I was away. If I was at a competition I’d always have the Powerpoint notes on my laptop. Going into this year especially, I had so much support from my tutor and all my course mates. They were just proud to see what I’ve achieved."

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