Hannah Buckling

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Hannah Buckling
Hannah Buckling.jpg
Personal information
Nationality  Australian
Born (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 22)
Sydney, Australia
Residence Mossman, New South Wales
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 75 kilograms (165 lb)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Water Polo
Event(s) Women's team
Club Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers
Team Sydney Uni Lions

Hannah Buckling (born 3 June 1992 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian water polo centre back. She attended the Wenona Girls School and is currently attending the University of Sydney while working on a Bachelors of Science. She started playing water polo as a twelve-year-old. She played club water polo for the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers and as a junior player represented New South Wales in national competitions and Australia in international competitions. She plays for the Sydney Uni Lions in the National Water Polo League. As s representative of Australia on the junior and senior level, she had her first international cap during the 2008 Australian Junior Tour at the Pythia Cup. She was a member of the Australian side that finished third at the 2011 FINA Junior World Championships. As a member of the senior team, she competed at the 2011 Canada Cup and helped the team take home gold. She is one of seventeen players vying for thirteen spots to go to 2012 Summer Olympics as a member of the Australia women's national water polo team.

Personal[edit]

Buckling was born on 3 June 1992 in Sydney, but calls Mosman, New South Wales her hometown.[1][2][3] Her grandfather represented Wales as a member of the Wales School Boy team in rugby union.[1] She attended Wenona Girls School located in North Sydney, New South Wales.[3][4] She is currently working on a Bachelors of Science at the University of Sydney.[1] She is 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) tall, weights 75 kilograms (165 lb) and is right handed.[1]

Water polo[edit]

Buckling prefers to wear cap number six and plays in the centre back position.[1] She started playing water polo as a twelve-year-old in Year 7 at Wenona Girls School.[1][3] In 2011, she was named a Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness/St Andrew’s College Foundation Awards winner because of her water polo.[5] She has a water polo scholarship from the New South Wales Institute of Sport.[6]

Club and state representative teams[edit]

When she was Buckling, she joined the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers water polo team[3] who continue to be her water polo club.[1] One of her club team mates was another future national team member, Emily Scott. Buckling gave Scott advice related to future planning for water polo playing.[7] While playing the sport casually on school and club level, she got a new coach at the Breakers, Jamie Ryan. Ryan helped elevate Buckling's intensity at practice and become a more serious player.[4] In 2007, she was a member of the New South Wales development squad[8] and competed on the 2007 16 & Under National Championships Girls where she scored 15 goals in the competition. In 2008, she again represented New South Wales at the 2008 16 & Under National Championships Girls where she scored 13 goals. At the 18 & Under National Championships Girls in 2008, she scored only 8 goals. In 2009, at the 18 & Under Girls National Championship and a member of the New South Wales side, she scored 8 goals. That same year, as a member of New South Wales team at the 20 & Under National Championships Junior Women, she scored 8 goals. In 2010, she scored 18 goals in the 18 & Under Girls National Championship and 6 goals in the 20 & Under National Championships Junior Women. In 2011, she scored 8 goals in the 20 & Under Junior Women National Championships.[9] That year, her team finished second at the Perth, Western Australia held event.[10] In 2011, her training consisted of going to the pool every morning, and doing training at the gym three times a week. During the summer, she would compete in up to three games a week. During the winter, she would compete in an average of one game a week.[3]

National Water Polo League[edit]

Buckling plays for the Sydney Uni Lions of the National Water Polo League. In 2011, her first year in the league,[9] she wore cap number 14 and fifteen total goals for the season. Her largest single goal came was on 15 March against the Fyfe Adelaide Jets.[11] During the 2012 season, she wore cap number four. As of 3 March, she had scored sixteen goals in the season.[12]

Junior national team[edit]

Within 20 months of having Ryan be her coach on her local club side and as a fifteen-year-old, she made the Australian u-17 team[4][8] with her first international appearance for Australia occurring at the 2008 Australian Junior Tour at the Pythia Cup[1] in Greece where her team was runner ups.[13] The tour also included stops in Italy and Hungary.[4] In 2010, she was a member of the under-19 women's national water polo team that did a European tour.[14] In 2010, as a member of the junior national team, she was a member of the team that toured California and part of the squad that competed in international friendlies against the United States, New Zealand and Canada.[3] She was part of the junior national team again in 2011[10] and in July, she was invited to be part of the training squad for the junior national squad that was training in Perth in preparation for the Junior World Championships.[3] She was a member of the Australian side that finished third at the 2011 FINA Junior World Championships.[2]

Senior national team[edit]

five women in bathing suits sitting on chairs
The third of a five game test series against the Great Britain women's national water polo team on 25 February 2012. Australia won 15–6. On the far left is Bronwen Knox, then Zoe Arancini, Melissa Rippon, Rowena Webster, Hannah Buckling.

Buckling is a member of the Australia women's national water polo team. At the 2011 Canada Cup, she scored a goal in the first period in the gold medal match against China that the Australian team ended up winning.[15] She competed in the Pan Pacific Championships in January 2012 for the Australian Stingers.[16] She scored a goal in a Stingers 8–7 win over the United States.[17] In 2011, her goal was to make the national team and compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[3] In February 2012, she was named to the final training squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics. She attended training camp that started on 20 February 2012 at the Australian Institute of Sport.[2] The team of seventeen players will be cut to thirteen before the team departs for the Olympic games,[18] with the announcement being made on 13 June.[19] She was part of the Stingers squad that competed in a five game test against Great Britain at the AIS in late February 2012. This was the team's first matches against Great Britain's national team in six years.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Australian Water Polo Inc.: Buckling, Hannah". Sydney, Australia: Australian Water Polo. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Final Aussie Stingers Olympic train on Squad Announced". Au.ibtimes.com. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Cowley, Rowan (17 July 2011). "National shot for Buckling". Mosman Daily (Sydney, Australia). p. 87. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Coach helps pair break on through". Manly Daily (Sydney, Australia). 11 June 2008. p. 45. MAN_T-20080611-1-045-436110. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Scholarships, Awards & Prizes". New South Wales, Australia: St. Andrews College. p. 3. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Quartet in line for London". Sydney, Australia: New South Wales Institute of Sport. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Prentice, Andrew (25 April 2009). "Emily's golden touch". Manly Daily (Sydney, Australia). p. 58. 
  8. ^ a b "Top coach breaks in plenty of new talent". Manly Daily (Sydney, Australia). 19 October 2007. p. 45. MAN_T-20071019-1-045-849753. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Player statistics for Hannah Buckling". Sydney, Australia: Australian Water Polo. 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "2011 Representative Players". Sydney, Australia: SNB Breakers. 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Player statistics for Hannah Buckling". Sydney, Australia: Australian Water Polo. 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Player statistics for Hannah Buckling". Sydney, Australia: Australian Water Polo. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Water polo force emerges". Manly Daily (Sydney, Australia). 23 August 2008. p. 82. MAN_T-20080823-1-082-661040. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  14. ^ Prentice, Andrew (13 February 2010). "Emily joins the Stingers --- Laying down law in camp". Manly Daily (Sydney, Australia). p. 82. MAN_T-20100213-1-082-223031. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Aussie Stingers finish Canada Cup undefeated after claiming gold over China : News Centre : Australian Sports Commission". Ausport.gov.au. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Packwood, David (1 January 2012). "London looms as a splash and grab job – - COUNTRY SPORT". Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australi). p. 073. 
  17. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (12 January 2012). "First blood to Stingers". The Age (Melbourne, Australia). p. 8. 
  18. ^ a b Tuxworth, Jon (21 February 2012). "Stinger survivors in the swim for third Olympics". Canberra Times (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory). p. 19. 
  19. ^ Brinsden, Colin (15 February 2012). "Powerhouse attacking shot recognised internationally". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2012.