Hannah Davis (kayaker)

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Hannah Davis
Hannah Davis.jpg
2008 Olympic Parade
Personal information
Nickname(s) Han, Shevs, Davo
Nationality Australia
Born (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 31)
Height 167 cm (66 in) (2012)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb) (2012)
Country Australia
Sport Canoeing
Event(s) K-4 500 m
Club Holdfast Bay Canoe Club

Hannah Davis (born 11 August 1985) is an Australian sprint canoeist who has competed since the late 2000s. She won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in the K-4 500 m event. She also represented Australia at 2012 Summer Olympics in the K-4 500 m event, but did not medal.


Nicknamed Han, Shevs and Davo,[1] Davis was born 11 August 1985 in Adelaide, South Australia.[1][2][3] She attended Mercedes College in South Australia before going to University of Adelaide from 2004 to 2009, where she earned a Bachelor of International Studies.[3][4] In December 2011, she earned at Masters of Arts in International Relations from the University of Adelaide.[1]

As a child, Davis was a competitive swimmer. This required her to wake up at 5 am every morning to train.[5] Other sports she participated in as a youngster included running and netball.[5] She is also surf lifesaver,[1][6] competing in the sport when not involved with canoeing.[1] Davis weighs 70 kilograms (150 lb) and is 167 centimetres (66 in) tall.[2][3]


Davis came into the sport through surf lifesaving.[6] She is a member of the Holdfast Bay Canoe Club.[1][2][3] She primarily trains in Adelaide, with a secondary training base in the Gold Coast, Queensland.[3] She has a canoe scholarship with the South Australian Sports Institute and the Australian Institute of Sport.[1][3]

Davis represented Australia at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she won a bronze medal in the K-4 500 metres event.[1][2][5] Her parents watched her win the bronze medal in China.[5] In the Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres event, she finished fifth.[2]

Davis finished third in the K2 200m event and 5th in the K4 500m event at the 2011 World Championships in Szeged, Hungary.[3] She finished 7th in the K4 500m event at the 2011 World Cup 3 in Duisburg, Germany.[3] She finished 5th in the K4 500m event at the 2011 World Cup 2 in Racice, Czech Republic.[3] She finished 1st in the K4 500m event at the 2012 National Championships in Penrith, Australia.[3] She finished 1st in the K4 500m event at the 2012 Oceania Championships in Penrith, Australia.[3]

Davis was selected to represent Australia at 2012 Summer Olympics in the K-4 500 m event.[5] Before the start of the Games, she and her canoe teammates trained in Italy at the AIS European Training Centre located in Varese.[7][8] Going into the London Games, she was coached by David Foureur who has coached her since 2003 and by Martin Marinov who has coached her since 2007.[3] The Australian K-4 did not qualify for the finals at London 2012.

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  2. ^ a b c d e "Hannah Davis Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "London 2012 – Hannah Davis". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Griffiths, Emily (13 July 2012). "Mercedes celebrates its Olympians". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Williams, Tim. "So proud of Hannah". Guardian Messenger. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Lefort, Cecile. "Olympics-Brigden-Jones paddles from Manly surf to London waters". Reuters. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Flood, Naomi. "London Olympics – Naomi Flood: Settling into life at our Italy base". The Manly Daily. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Flood, Naomi. "London Olympics – Naomi Flood: The big day is racing ever closer". The Manly Daily. Retrieved 5 July 2012.