In her previous sporting life, Hannah Dodd was an elite equestrian rider, the top-ranked Australian in her event and class. In 2012 she competed at the London Games and finished just outside the top 10 in each of her two events. Fast forward a few years and Dodd is set for her first Games as a member of the Australian Gliders women’s wheelchair basketball side.

Hannah was born with sacral agenesis and spina bifida with upper limb dystonia and learnt to ride a horse before she could walk. She started competing in 2005 and was representing Australia by the next year. Her distinguished equestrian career ended when she decided to take up basketball, in which she made similarly rapid progress.

Hannah made her Gliders debut at the Osaka Cup in early 2015 and, later that year, won silver with The Devils women’s national U25s side at the World Championships.

While …

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Date of birth
27 April 1992
Wheelchair basketball
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012 (Para-equestrian), Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Sacral agenesis
How acquired
Sippy Downs, QLD
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Finishing just 0.5 percent away from bronze in Para-equestrian at London 2012 and putting on her Gliders singlet at the Osaka Cup in 2015

Greatest sporting moments

Waiting in the tunnel with the Australian Paralympic Team about to enter the Stadium for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony

Heroes/role models

Sarah Stewart; Kurt Fearnley

Favourite quote
The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle


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