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COX Kadeena
Sport Para athletics, Para-Cycling
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age28
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Leeds, ENG
Languages
English
Higher education
Physiotherapy - Manchester Metropolitan University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began sprinting at age 15 while at school.
Why this sport?
Her school hockey coach suggested she go to a spar sprints challenge.
Club / Team
Sale Harriers Manchester: England
Name of coach
Brian Scobie [personal], GBR
General Interest
Hobbies
Baking, playing the guitar, spending time with family. (Facebook page, 17 Jun 2018)
Injuries
A knee injury forced her to withdraw from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (teamengland.org, 14 Mar 2018; insidethegames.biz, 17 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"People may doubt what you say, but they believe what you do." (Twitter profile, 08 May 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was awarded UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards [BEDSA]. (sportingequals.org.uk, 24 Mar 2018; Twitter profile, 08 May 2018)

In 2017 she was awarded Sportswoman of the Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards [BEDSA] in London, England. (activityalliance.org.uk, 19 Mar 2017)

In 2016 she was a shortlisted nominee for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. (Youtube channel, 30 Jan 2017)

She was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list for services to athletics. (bbc.com, 31 Dec 2016)

She was Great Britain's flag bearer during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (theguardian.com, 18 Sep 2016)
Other sports
She won a gold medal in track cycling [C4-5 500m time trial] at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Before her illness she was training to try and secure a place in the Great Britain skeleton programme. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Sep 2016; bbc.com, 08 Feb 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and in bobsleigh at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Mar 2018; bbc.co.uk, 12 May 2017)
Impairment
In May 2014 after competing in Loughborough, England, she was taken to hospital after experiencing symptoms of a stroke. It took her four months to fully recover. In September 2014 she was again taken to hospital with another suspected stroke. However, in May 2015 she was told she had been misdiagnosed and that she was showing signs of having multiple sclerosis. (talentbacker.com, 2015; manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 02 Oct 2014)
Other information
TOKYO 2020
She aims to compete in both the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "I want to do both in Tokyo. There's no standout female sprinter right now. There's a gap to be filled and why can't I fill that gap? We all train together at the same venue and it's all done on times. If you're going fast enough, Team GB will take the fastest athletes. I want to be able to do the Olympics and then do the Paralympics after." (bbc.co.uk, 16 Mar 2018)

MULTI-SPORT
In 2015 she considered stopping Para athletics and focusing solely on Para cycling, but chose to continue in both sports. It had been suggested to her to compete in one sport at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and then in the other at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, but she rejected the idea due to her impairment. She went on to win gold medals in both sports at the 2016 Games. "I couldn't walk away from either because I was so good at both and there was a good opportunity there. I have relapsing remitting-multiple sclerosis and I don't know how much more time as an athlete I have got, so by the time Tokyo 2020 comes along I might not even be in a position to take part in one event." (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Sep 2016; bbc.com, 08 Feb 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 100m T38 13.01
1 2016 400m T38 1:00.71
2 2016 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 51.07
World Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 100m T37 13.60
Heats 2015 200m T37  DNS
3 2017 200m T38 27.15
1 2017 400m T38 1:02.87
2 2017 100m T38 13.07
Track World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 C4 - 500m Time Trial 37.456 WR
1 2019 C4 - 500m Time Trial 36.176
Paralympic Games - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 C4-5 - 500m Time Trial 34.598
  2016 C4-5 - Road Race  DNS
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 200m T38 27.40
4 2016 100m T38 13.62