Aussie Stingers

Hannah Buckling

Hannah Buckling

Personal Details

Given name: Hannah

Family name: Buckling

Date of birth: 03/06/92

City of birth: Sydney, NSW

Height: 177cm

Weight: 80kg

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

Handedness: Right

Preferred cap number: 3

Twitter: @hannahbuckling

Instagram: @hannahbuckling

Major achievements

  • 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

General Information

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

Food: Chocolate

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