Meet The Team - Hannah Russell

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Hannah Russell




Chertsey, Surrey


5ft 9in

Training base

Guildford City


Lee Spindlow

Olympic History


In Action

S12 400m Freestyle on 30th August
S12 100m Butterfly on 2nd September
S12 100m Freestyle on 4th September
S12 100m Backstroke on 5th September
S12 50m Freestyle on 7th September

Did you know?

  • Having broken the S12 400m Freestyle world short course record earlier this season, Hannah admits one of her biggest inspirations in the swimming world is Olympic 400m Free champion Rebecca Adlington.
  • Away from swimming, she also loves athletics and has competed in biathle (athletics and swimming) events in the past.
  • With Celtic blood stemming from her Scottish grandparents, Hannah has been learning the bagpipes at secondary school.

Hannah's Career

Hannah has made rapid progress in the S12 classification of visual impairment over the past two seasons. She kicked off a breakthrough 2011 with MC 100m Backstroke bronze at her British Gas Swimming Championships debut in Manchester before winning 100m Backstroke silver and 100m Butterfly bronze at her European Championship debut in Berlin later in the year. The 2012 British Gas Swimming Championships brought a series of firsts for Hannah as she won her first British title in the MC 100m Backstroke, set her first European record and booked a place at her first Paralympic Games in the process. Less than a month later, she broke two world short course records (S12 100m Back, S12 400m Free) before confirming her five Paralympic qualification times at the second Trials.

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