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Hannah Dodd

Hannah was born with Sacral Agenesis, a condition affecting the growth and development of the spinal cord and vertebrae. In Hannah's case, she was born missing her Sacrum and Coccyx (9 vertebrae in total) and has a club foot on her right side, requiring multiple surgeries on her leg and internal organs at a young age. Hannah discovered her love of sport as a baby having horse rides in front of her mum and older brothers on their horse farm in Galston on the outskirts of Sydney, those times being the only time she would brighten up and laugh in the short breaks home from hospital.

Hannah started competing in Pony Club aged 4y.o. and competed steadily at State and National competitions including the Sydney Royal Easter Show. At Sydney 2000, Hannah got her first look at Para-sport and fell in love, which started a dream to be a Paralympian. At 12 she was classified as a grade 4 Para-equestrian competing in the open (adult) Nationals the same year and placing top 3, earning her a place on the Australian Squad and her first international start the following year in the UK.

In 2012, the dream of the Paralympics became reality and while the campaign didn't quite go to plan, it left Hannah with a burning desire to compete in the Paralympics again. Following London, Hannah was recruited into wheelchair basketball joining the Sydney Uni Flames in the WNWBL 2013 before joining the Australian squad the Gliders in 2014. She earned a Silver medal at the U25 world champs with the Aussie Devils, and made her senior major debut at the 2018 World Championships in Hamburg.

Hannah recently competed in Tokyo2020 as a member of the Australian Gliders team, her second Paralympics in her second sport.

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