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Hannah Russell

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Residence
Manchester, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Sports Science - University of Salford: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four and joined Woking Swimming Club in England at age seven.
Why this sport?
She was scouted through the Playground to Podium initiative, which is designed to identify young people and adults with an impairment that have the potential to become elite athletes.
Club / Team
City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team [COMAST]: England
Name of coach
Graeme Smith [personal]; Lauren Jocelyn [personal]; Rob Aubry [national]
Training Regime
She trains for between five and six hours a day.

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Great Britain

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and being made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE]. (britishswimming.org, 12 Jul 2018)
Hero / Idol
British swimmer Rebecca Adlington, British Para swimmer Ellie Simmonds. (sportsister.com, 25 Mar 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She always eats spaghetti bolognese before a race has her goggles underneath her hat. (britishswimming.org, 12 Jul 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do not be afraid to try things and experiment. You will be amazed at the support you will get." (disabilityhorizons.com, 29 Nov 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list. (paralympic.org, 31 Dec 2016)
Other sports
Her father Carson Russell played rugby union at club level for London Scottish in England. (bbc.co.uk, 2012)
Impairment
She was born with myopia, and is unable to see further than about one metre. (standard.co.uk, 15 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2012-08-30 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2012-08-30 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final Round 2012-09-02 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2012-09-04 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2012-09-04 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heat 2 2012-09-05 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final Round 2012-09-05 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2012-09-07 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2012-09-07 3
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2013-08-12 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2013-08-12 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S12 Heat 1 2013-08-13 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final 1 2013-08-13 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2013-08-15 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2013-08-16 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final 1 2013-08-17 1
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2015-07-14 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 1 2015-07-14 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final 1 2015-07-15 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heat 1 2015-07-15 2
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2015-07-16 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2015-07-18 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2015-07-18 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2015-07-18 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-18 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final Round 2016-09-14 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-16 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2016-09-16 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2016-09-17 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2016-09-17 1