Dr Hannah Macdougall

Elite athlete, Paralympic Bronze Medallist, World Championship medallist in swimming and cycling

Dr Hannah Macdougall has a strong curiosity when it comes to happiness, well-being, and mindfulness. This is combined with a desire to help her fellow human beings (not human doings...) create meaningful connections to promote mental health and well-being across all facets of life.

Hannah brings a lens that includes an elite athlete career spanning over twenty years across two different Paralympic sports, a lived experience as an amputee, work within inclusion and diversity, leadership and community engagement facilitation skills, and a PhD in athlete well-being; there is no shortage of legsellent puns.

Hannah also has a PhD in well-being and is a Senior Advisor at VICSES in Community Programs and Campaigns, and an inclusion advocate.

Hannah is currently aiming to represent Australia at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games in the Time Trial and Road Race. Her major sporting achievements include:

2015 – 2019 UCI Para Cycling Road World Cups –  2 x Gold, 5 x Silver, and 3 x Bronze medals in the womens C4 road race and time trial

2016 – 2018 UCI Para Track & Road World Championships   –2 x Silver in Individual Time Trial and Road Race.

2010-2018 Australian Para Road and Track Cycling Championships  – 3 x Gold, 7 x Silver and 14 x Bronze Medals in the Women’s C4 classification

2017 Cycling Australia National Championships – First female amputee to compete in the ‘able bodied’ Women’s Time Trial

2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – Team Captain for the Australian Paralympic Swim Team; competed in 100m backstroke and 200 IM

2004 Athens Paralympic Games  – Bronze Medal in the 4 x 100m Female Medley Relay, 4th in the S10 100m Backstroke

2002/18 VIS Scholarship Holder  Full and Talent Transfer scholarships

2002/03 World Record in the S10 Women’s 50m Backstroke

Hannah is an ambassador for Womens Sport Australia, Traveller's Aid, and on the Leadership Team for Paralympics Australia. Hannah has won numerous awards such as the Female Sportsperson of the Year 2019 and was a finalist for the Victorian Disability Awards.

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