Ms Hannah Macdougall

Cyclist (track and road), also a swimmer in another life.

Course of study:
PhD in Sports Management

What's your favourite thing about sport?

Cycling for me is freedom – freedom to go down hills really fast, freedom to meet other people, freedom to challenge myself every day, the freedom to explore new places, and the freedom to visit different cafes for a great coffee post-ride.

What are your other sporting interests/teams followed?

I have to say, I am loving the Huon Genesys Pro Cycling Team ads at the moment… Who knew salmon was the missing link to top performance?!

Who’s had the most important influence on your professional sporting career? Why?

To be honest, I don’t think any athlete could really ever narrow it down to one person. You are surrounded by a team of people who have all contributed in one way or another – from your parents driving you at 4:12am to swim training, to your coaches, physios, soft-tissue therapists, Chinese medical practitioners, prosthetists, doctors, sports psychs, nutritionists, friends, your dogs, mentors, other athletes. It really is a team effort.

Who’s had the most important influence on your education? Why?

Definitely my mum, who instilled the attitude that ‘education is a precious gift that will open many doors’.

What are your aspirations/goals for the future beyond active competition?

I am planning on opening my own business that will help empower people to live life to the fullest.

How do you relax?

I practice mindfulness meditation, drink lots of different herbal teas, go out for brekkies with friends, go for a ride in the Dandenongs, sit and watch the waves on the beach, read the Age epicure, or cook for pleasure.

Career highlights

  • 2012 Australian Para Road Cycling Championships – Two bronze medals in the time trial and road race in the Women’s C4 classification
  • 2011 Australian Para Track Cycling Championships – Two bronze medals in the time trial and pursuit in the Women’s C4 classification
  • 2010 Australian Para Road Cycling Championships – Two silver medals in the time trial and road race in the Women’s C4 classification
  • 2009 IPC World Swimming Short Course Championships – Bronze Medal in the 100m Individual Medley, Finalist in the 100m backstroke, 200m I, Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – Given the honour of being one of the Team Captain’s for the Australian Swimming Team. Competed in the 100m backstroke and 200m IM.
  • 2008 VISA Paralympic World Cup – Silver Medal in the Women’s S10 100m Backstroke
  • 2006 IPC World Swimming Championships Team - Team Leader, Finalist in S10 Women’s 100m Backstroke
  • 2005 & 2002 Leader Sports Star of the Year in the Stonnington District
  • 2004 Athens Paralympic Games – Bronze Medal in the 4 x 100m Female Medley Relay
  • 2002 – 2013 VIS Scholarship Holder
  • 2002/03 World Record in the S10 Women’s 50m Backstroke
  • 2001/09 Australian National Records in numerous events, age groups and categories.

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