Hannah Pennington

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age six at the Children's Hospital Handicapped Sports Program in Denver, Colorado.

General interest

Mountain and road cycling, playing golf, spending time with her family, especially her sisters and niece. (sportainability.ning.com, 14 Mar 2012)
In 2008 she underwent hip surgery and had to have screws embedded in her pelvis. This may have contributed to a mysterious paralysis she experienced when in 2009 she sat down to dinner only to find that she could not get back up or move her legs. Doctors could not identify the source of the paralysis which eventually subsided. She decided to have the screws in her pelvis removed and the mysterious paralysis has not returned. (denverpost.com, 16 Mar 2010)

After the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City she took time out from skiing to undergo surgery. (sportainability.ning.com, 14 Mar 2012)
Other sports
She also competes in sprint para-kayaking. (sportainability.ning.com, 14 Mar 2012)
To qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio in para-kayak, where sprint kayaking will make its Paralympic debut. (sportainability.ning.com, 14 Mar 2012; racegirlusa.blogspot.co.uk, 2012)
She was born with cerebral palsy which affects the balance, strength and flexibility in her lower abdomen and legs. (denverpost.com, 16 Mar 2010; sportainability.ning.com, 14 Mar 2012)
Other information
After joining a group called 'Team AWE' [Able Women Empowering], she was inspired by a friend to take up para-canoe kayaking. "Inspired by my good friend from Slovenia and the great ladies that are part of Team AWE, I decided to try out the sport of para-canoe." She aims to compete in sprint kayaking at the 2016 Paralympic Games. (racegirlusa.blogspot.co.uk, 2012; sportainability.ning.com, 14 Mar 2012)

In 2007 she and four other women, each with different disabilities, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro [19,341ft/5,895m] in Tanzania. (disabilitieswithoutborders.blogspot.com, 2007)