Mary Hanna and selected table tennis player Jian Fang Lay will reach the five Games milestone in Rio. Retired beach volleyballer Natalie Cook is the only 5-time Olympian thus far. The 61-year-old Grandmother will also be the oldest athlete on the team.
She will also become Australia’s oldest Olympic equestrian, eclipsing the record set by Bill Roycroft. Hanna will be 125 days older than Roycroft was when he represented Australia in Eventing at the 1976 Olympics.
Hanna was born into a family that loved horses and got involved with Pony club from a young age. Her love affair with riding continued to grow and eventually she set up Statene Park, a horse stud and teaching establishment near Geelong. Despite initially being a showjumping and eventing rider she made the transition to Dressage.
At the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games, Hanna marked another milestone representing Australia at her fourth World Championships. At the end of these Games she declared that her goal would be to represent Australia at five Olympics, five World Cup Finals and five World Championships and she is well on the way to achieving this having represented Australia at her fifth World Cup Final in Sweden 2016.
Hanna was the only Australian dressage rider to have to horses on the list of identified combinations for Rio – Umbro and Boogie Woogie 6. Although Boogie Woogie is the less experienced of the two horses, Hanna says her young horses has proven himself during the selection series and is an exciting prospect for Rio and the future.
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Equestrian - Dressage
Individual Open, Team Open
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Bellarine, VIC, Australia
- 2012 London - 44th (individual), 9th (team) 2004 Athens - 39th (individual) 2000 Sydney - 34th (individual), 6th (team) 1996 Atlanta - 24th (individual)
- 17th – 2016 Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
- 12th – 2016 Rotterdam CDI4* Grand Prix Special (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
- 5th – 2016 Odense CDI3* Grand Prix Special (Odense, Denmark)
- 7th – 2016 Odense CDI3* Grand Prix (Odense, Denmark)
- 27th – 2016 Hagen CDI4* Grand Prix (Hagen, Germany)
- Becoming the first Australian dressage rider to qualify for the Grand Prix Special at an Olympic Games (Atlanta 1996)
- A member of Australia’s most successful Olympic Dressage Team (6th at Sydney, 2000)
- The only Australian rider to qualify for the Grand Prix Special at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games and breaking through to score 70%+
- McArthur State School (VIC, Australia)
- Presbyterian Ladies College (VIC, Australia)
- Bachelor of Arts
Kyra Kyrklund (1996 - current)
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
Outstanding Stables, Nottuln, GERMANY
- My Olympic socks from Sydney that I always wear during important times
- Favourite food
- Ginger nut biscuits
- Favourite holiday destination
- Sailing anywhere in the world
- Favourite music
- I like emotive music that tells a story
- Dream car
- Anything that goes
- Personal Motto
- Keep calm and carry on
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- A glass of good champagne
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be