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Given name: Hannah
Family name: Buckling
Date of birth: 03/06/92
City of birth: Sydney, NSW
Home town and State: Sydney, NSW
Club/team: Sydney University Lions
National League team: Sydney University Lions
International debut: 2011 – Canada Cup
Playing position: Centre Back
Preferred cap number: 3
- Olympic Games: n/a
- FINA World Championships: 2nd, Barcelona, Spain, 2013
- FINA World League: n/a
- Other competitions: 1st, Water Polo Pan Pacs, Melbourne, Australia, 2012; 1st, NCAA Championships, USA, 2013; 1st, MPSF Championships, USA, 2013; 1st, Canada Cup, Montreal, Canada, 2011; 2nd, FINA World Cup 2014, Khanty Mansiysk, Russia; 3rd, FINA World Junior Championships, Trieste, Italy, 2011
Occupation: Full time athlete
Uni Course: Beginning Doctor of Medicine at Sydney University in 2017
Institution: University of Sydney, NSW
Marital status: Not married
Age when began competing in your sport: 12 – I started playing at high school. I then became involved in the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers club, coached by Jamie Ryan, and my development continued from there
Where did you begin competing: Wenona High School, NSW
Any superstitions or rituals before competition: No
Most memorable sporting achievement: Winning a silver medal at the 2013 FINA World Championships
Any relatives/spouses who have competed internationally: Yes, my Grandfather played Schoolboy Rugby for Wales.
What made you choose this sport: I enjoy the combination of ball skills, physicality and teamwork.
Who is the most influential person in your sporting career and why: Jamie Ryan, my first club coach when I was 14 at the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers. He trained me when I had no experience and helped me get selected for my first U/16 state team. He gave me an understanding of how to play, and love for the sport.
What are your ambitions both during and after your sporting career: An Olympic Gold Medal! After the Olympics, in 2017, I commence a medical degree at the University of Sydney, and I am looking forward to a career in medicine.
Little known, interesting fact about you: I’m descended from King Gregory of Scotland!
Drink: Red wine
Songs: Layla by Eric Clapton
Sporting team: Australian Wallabies, Rugby Union
Place to travel for water polo: Montenegro
Place to travel for pleasure: The UK, to see my extended family
Thing to do on a day off: Catch up on sleep
Beach / Movie: Beach
Pizza / Salad: Pizza
Rap / Rock: Rock
Summer / Winter: Winter if it’s snowing
Drive / Be driven: Be driven
Talk / Listen: Listen
Shorts / Jeans: Shorts