VICTORY: Cox and her gold
TWO MONTHS AGO, she was stood on the podium with a gold medal round her neck at the Rio Olympics. Now, Kadeena Cox is back at university in Manchester to finish her degree.
Kadeena, 25, became the first British Paralympian to win gold medals in different sports since 1984 after victory in both cycling and sprint events. But after also bagging a
bronze and a silver in an astonishing victory for Team GB, it’s business as usual for the hard-working Manchester Metropolitan University physiotherapy student.
Kadeena had started her studies in Manchester two years ago and was on track to become an Olympic athlete when she suffered a stroke and was later diagnosed with multiple
sclerosis (MS). Incredibly, she managed to make the transition to Paralympic success – in not just one but multiple events.
After postponing her studies, she now hopes to juggle a packed schedule of training,
competition and completing the second half of her degree in the next two years to graduate in 2018.
“It’s been back down to earth and back to reality a bit,” said Kadeena.
“All that’s going round in my head at the moment are cycling and athletics, so God knows how I’m going to do an essay.
“But I try and focus on whatever I’m doing at that time and now that focus is back on academia.”
Kadeena, who wants to be a physiotherapist, added:
“I want to open a clinic of my own, mainly looking at paediatrics and neurological
conditions, and incorporating my love of sport and physiotherapy knowledge together.
“I still have my sporting goals, but that’s my main life goal.”