Radcliffe-on-Trent resident Hannah Stevenson has been selected to join the Great Britain Skeleton team after two years of trialling and training. She is looking to follow in the footsteps of Amy Williams and Lizzy Yarnold, who won gold at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics respectively.
Hannah was educated at the South Nottinghamshire Academy in Radcliffe and went on to study a BSc and MSc in Sport Science at Sheffield Hallam University. She is previously a Nottinghamshire County champ in the 200 metres and applied for a UK Sport talent ID campaign in 2014 with British Skeleton.
She told The Local News: “I am delighted to be selected to join the GB Skeleton squad. This means I will spending most of my summer at training camps in Bath, which is self-funded. These camps last around one to two weeks each month and I have to fund my own travel and accommodation – and also living costs of food, etc.
“This is going to be quite costly, so it would also be great to see if anyone in the local area would be keen to fund or sponsor me. This would be fantastic and ease a lot of pressure of becoming a full-time athlete without an income. Sponsorship could eventually lead to logos being put on my sled/racesuit and helmet and also placed on social media outlets.”
To contact Hannah send an email to email@example.com. The next step then for Hannah is between October this year and March 2017, when she will be training and competing in Europe and the USA.
“It is such a great opportunity for myself and the current overall aim is to make and win a medal at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games,” Hannah added.
Skeleton competitors travel head first at a speed of around 80 to 90mph and they reach up to 5G’s through the big corners.