Alun Wyn Jones Cockroft fears disability sport is fading out of public eye

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She highlighted fellow British Paralympians Sophie Hahn, Hollie Arnold and Aled Davies as three para-athletes who were worthy of recognition for their achievements on the world stage.

And while Cockroft is wary of nominations being seen as a ‘token’ gesture, she insists there is a real danger of disability sport losing the momentum created by London 2012 and Rio 2016.

“I think it’s a really difficult one,” said Cockroft. “Obviously every athlete who is on the shortlist deserves to be there rightfully, but it’s the second year with no para-athlete on the list.

“With people like [swimmer] Alice Tai winning all those World Championship golds and breaking four world records – you just start to wonder what more can we do?

“It’s just not about getting on that shortlist, it’s just about feeling like things are slipping a little. Our World Championships had no live coverage, we only had an hour-long highlight show.

“For a team that won a ridiculous amount of gold medals it’s not enough to show what we’re doing. We need to keep the momentum there as Tokyo is now eight months away.

“We don’t want to show people that we just come out once every four years and race. We’re there year in, year out, day in, day out, doing exactly the same as Dina and Katarina.

“We’re training the same, just as hard, and we just want the recognition for that.”

Cockroft was speaking at the SJA British Sports Awards at the Tower of London, where Davies and Tai were awarded the SJA Bill McGowran Trophy for achievement in para sport.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed her own success on the track this year, winning T34 800m gold at the World Para-Athletics Championships as British ri

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