Country: Great Britain
Date of Birth: August 8, 1989
Height: 166 cm
Weight: 55 Kg
Discipline: IM, Freestyle
Coach: Patrick Miley
Club: Garioch, Scotland
Time off: Shopping, watching movies, drawing (usually cartoon characters and anything brightly coloured)
Food: Lemon Fanta and spaghetti carbonara
Music: Indie, pop, rock, sometimes classical, it depends on my mood, I'm very varied with my music selection
Film: Notting Hill, Up, Pretty Woman, Shawshank Redemption
Hannah became one of the youngest-ever national champions at 13 when she won the Scottish 400 IM title, following up with the British title 3 years later. 2008 brought her first major international medals – 400 IM silver and 200 IM bronze – at the SC Worlds, followed by a 400 IM finals appearance at the Beijing Olympics. Numerous records followed in 2009 – including the British 200 & 400 IM – as well as her first major gold: 400 IM at Istanbul’s SC Euros. A week later she capped a phenomenal year by smashing the Euro SC 400 IM record at Manchester’s Duel in the Pool. 2010 brought her first Euro LC title (400 IM) – winning by over three seconds in a new Championship record (4:33.09) – along with the Commonwealth title, and 2011 her first World Champs medal as she swam a phenomenal race to snatch 400 IM silver by 0.01s from Australia’s Stephanie Rice.
While her 2012 home Olympics were disappointing, despite appearing in 3 finals, she bounced back with 400 IM SC Euro and World titles in Chartres and Istanbul, and in 2014 successfully defended her 400 IM Commonwealth title in Glasgow. Hannah still trains in the same 25m pool in her home town of Inverurie where she first showed her affinity for water as a 3-year-old. Her father-coach Patrick is known to employ unorthodox methods, such as training with a belt tied around her waist, and in the mid-90s invented the Aquapacer, which transmits a beep to a receiver attached to the goggles to monitor and regulate the swimming stroke.
400 IM (4:31.76, 2014 Glasgow)