Melburnian Hannah Cross will make her Olympic debut in the pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre in Rio Olympic Park after being selected on the 2016 Australian Olympic Team at trials in April in Perth.
Cross took up synchronised swimming after doing swimming for 13 years and dancing for 11 years. She was inspired to pursue her Olympic dream after watching the sport at the 2007 FINA World Championships in her hometown in Victoria.
As of 2016, she trains full time with the national team for six to eight hours a day.
During the team’s Olympic preparation Cross counts her home training base as the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra where the squad, who are from across the country, meet to train.
Her personal career highlights include placing first in the duet event at the 2015 National Championships, representing Australia in the finals at the Spanish Open in 2015 and 2016 and helping Australia qualify for Rio at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
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Carlton, VIC, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- Qualifying for the 2016 Olympics at the Fina World Championships in Kazan, Russia, 2015.
- Having a personal best performance in the Spanish Open in Alicante, Spain, 2016.
- Having a personal best performance in the Japan Open in Tokyo, Japan, 2016.
- Essendon Primary School (Victoria, Australia) and Slip End Lower School (Bedfordshire, England)
- Buckley Park College (Victoria, Australia)
- Bachelor of Applied Science with a Masters in Speech Pathology - La Trobe University (2015 - current)
Leslie Sproule (2013 - 2015), Juliana Ghazali-Bujang (2013-2015), Tarren Otte (2010 - current), Anna Nepotacheva (2010 - current), Lilianne Grenier (2016-current)
Golden Fish Synchronised Swimming Club (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Australian Institute of Sport, Victorian Institute of Sport, Western Australian Institute of Sport
Primary Training Base
Australian Institute of Sport (Canberra, Australia)
Secondary Training Base
Western Australian Institute of Sport (Perth, Australia)
- Favourite food
- Mum's homemade cookies
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Dream car
- Land Rover Discovery
- Personal Motto
- Every champion was a contender that refused to give up!
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Going out for coffee with friends
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Swimming or Water Polo
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Watching the Australian Synchronised Swimming team in the London 2012 Olympic Games inspired me to follow in their footsteps and become an Olympian myself.
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My first coach, Anna Nepotacheva. She is always there for me, motivating and pushing me through the tough times and helping me to believe that anything is possible. She helped me to achieve my dream and for that I am eternally grateful!
- Why this sport?
- It is a mix between dancing and swimming, both of which I grew up loving, so this is the ideal sport for me!