Two-time Olympian Angela Hannah has announced her retirement from competitive racing after a fantastic career in Canoe Sprint.
Angela took up the sport 12 years ago having moved to the UK from Zimbabwe as a competitive hockey player. She initially took to the water as a rower but was talent spotted by British Canoeing and quickly fell in love with the sport.
“I immediately loved the sport and loved being on the water- even if it took a few months to have my first dry session. When I look back, there were so many highlights, racing and training in amazing places, with a great team with a great team ethos.
“I was always the strong paddler, the powerhouse at the back and I learned so much from the other girls I paddled with, especially Lani (Belcher) and Hannah (Brown) in the K2 who really helped me with the technical aspects of paddling.”
Angela went on to represent Team GB competing in London 2012 where she was 5th in the K4W 500m and again in Rio where she finished 15th in the K2W 500m with crewmate Lani Belcher.
A stalwart in the British crew boats, most recently Angela was part of the women’s K4 500m crew who finished 13th at the 2019 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, just 12 months after having her son.
“There have been many people who have had a huge influence on my career, Michael Knott a former Strength and Conditioning coach, Trevor Hunter who really made me see all the positives in being part of the programme.
“Our Performance Lifestyle Advisor Emma Groome and Kristina Medovcikova who coached me back to fitness after having my son last year.
“I am truly grateful the Lord brought me this way, and I leave it with some sadness, but confident in the plans He has next!”
Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director for British Canoeing, said: “Angela has had a great career as part of the British Canoeing international sprint team where she has competed for Great Britain at the highest level for over 12 years, winning medals at the World and European Championships and representing Team GB at the London and Rio Games.
Angela has been an incredible athlete in her training and racing and she continuously displayed huge amounts of dedication, determination and professionalism. She has been an exceptional role model for our aspiring paddlers– Paul Radcliffe Performance Director
“Angela has been an incredible athlete in her training and racing and she continuously displayed huge amounts of dedication, determination and professionalism. She has been an exceptional role model for our aspiring paddlers and on behalf of British Canoeing I would like to wish her and her family well for the future.”