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Hannah Taunton

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20, F20

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at high school in Taunton, England, and joined Taunton Athletics Club at age 12.
Why this sport?
Her running talent was spotted by her physical education teacher, who suggested she join the local athletics club.
Club / Team
Taunton Athletics Club [GBR] / Running Forever Running Club [GBR]:
Name of coach
Charlotte Fisher [club]
Training Regime
Alongside standard track training she runs longer distances on roads and grass during the winter.

General interest

Impairment
She has a condition that affects her speech and language. (somersetcountygazette.co.uk, 08 Sep 2015)
Other information
COMPETING IN ABLE-BODIED RACES
She has competed regularly against athletes who do not have an intellectual impairment in the United Kingdom. "All of the races I run in this country are with people who do not have learning difficulties. I have to listen very hard for instructions at the beginning of races but I find it easier to be shown how to do things than to listen. Most people don't realise that I have a learning disability, until they get to know me, because I don't have a physical disability. I find it very hard when someone speaks to a whole group as I don't always understand and then it is embarrassing to ask in front of everyone. I prefer to have things written down in an email or text as I have to have time to think about it or ask someone to explain it." (britishathletics.org.uk, 13 Jun 2019)