1 December 1954 |
|Height||173 centimetres (68 in) (2012)|
|Weight||63 kilograms (139 lb) (2012)|
|College team||Dressage Geelong|
Hanna was born on 1 December 1954 in Melbourne, Australia. She attended McArthur State School in Victoria before going to high school at Presbyterian Ladies College. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree. As of June 2012[update], she lives in Bellarine, Victoria. Her husband is Rob Hanna, Equestrian Australia chef d'equipe.
Hanna is an equestrian dressage competitor. She has been coached by Kyra Kyrklund and Clemens Dierks since 1996. Her primary training base is in Geelong, Australia. She is a member of Dressage Geelong and has a scholarship with the Victorian Institute of Sport.
Hanna competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics. In 1996, she finished twenty-fourth in the individual event. In 2000, she finished thirty-fourth in the individual event and sixth in the team event. In 2004, she finished thirty-ninth in the individual event.
Hanna finished 3rd at the 2011 CDI3 Grand Prix held in Biarritz, France. She finished 7th at the 2012 CDI3 Grand Prix held in Compiegne, France. She finished 12th at the 2012 CDI4 Grand Prix held in Hamburg, Germany. She finished 19th at the 2012 CDI3 Grand Prix held in Mannheim, Germany. She finished 7th at the 2012 CDI3 Grand Prix held in Viduaban, France.
Hanna has been selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in equestrian dressage. She was the last Australian competitor to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was the oldest Australian equestrian competitor at the Games. She rode Sancette. Her 2012 selection was subject to scrutiny following allegations by Hayley Beresford, Australia's top ranked female dressage competitor, that there was bias by Equestrian Australia in the team selection process which Beresford charactertised as "blatant bias and double standards."
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- Andrew Stevenson, Louise Hall. "Not a fair crop: Olympic discard who outrode tycoon's granddaughter". Sydney, Australia: Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-07-09.