Sydney born Hannah Buckling will maker her Olympic debut at Rio in the defensive line on the Australian Women’s Water Polo Team.
Buckling started playing the sport in high school and made her international debut at the 2011 Canada Cup, taking home gold. The same year she won bronze at the 2011 FINA World Junior Championships in Italy and was crowned the Australian Junior Female Water Polo Player of the Year.
In 2012 Buckling played for the Sydney University Lions Water Polo Team in the Australian National League and was selected into the 2012 Australian Olympic water polo squad but narrowly missed out on the final selection.
In 2013 she moved to America for one season to attend the University of Southern California and play for the university’s water polo team, the Trojans. That year, along with fellow Stinger Jayde Appel, she won the 2013 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships with the USC Trojans. She also helped Australia claim silver at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Buckling has a Bachelor of Science from Sydney University and is starting a medical degree in 2017 to pursue a career in medicine when she hangs up her swimmers.
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Water Polo Women
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 3rd – 2016 FINA World League Super Final (Shanghai, China)
- 2nd – 2016 FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament (Texas, USA)
- 1st – 2015 Rio test event (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
- 2nd – 2015 FINA World League Super Final (Shanghai, China)
- 4th – 2015 FINA World Championships (Kazan, Russia)
- Bronze Medal at the 2011 Junior Women's Water Polo World Championships.
- Silver Medal at the 2013 Water Polo World Championships
- Silver Medal at the 2014 Water Polo World Cup
- Mosman Public School (NSW, Australia)
- Wenona High School (NSW, Australia)
- Bachelor of Science - University of Sydney (2010 - 2014)
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Anywhere with snow!
- Dream car
- Range Rover
- Personal Motto
- I always count my blessings
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Only ears pierced
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Cathy Freeman's gold medal at the 2000 Olympics
- First Olympic Memory?
- Watching Cathy Freeman win her semi-final at the Sydney 2000 Olympics
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My Mum - for driving me everywhere, and encouraging me in everything I set my mind to