Nominated for her fantastic achievement in sport, nineteen year old, Hannah Whiteley set a new kitesurfing record, when she was crowned the professional British Freestyle Ladies Kitesurfing Champion, by becoming the only woman to retain the title in 3 consecutive years.
No stranger to setting records, Hannah first tasted success at the age of 15 when she won the Amateur Ladies British Freestyle Kitesurfing Championships. Entering the championships for the first time, Hannah became the youngest female to win the category. And the records continued when, at the age of just 17, she repeated the ‘youngest ever’ feat by winning her first professional title in the British Freestyle Ladies Kitesurfing Championships.
Hannah said, “I am very proud to come from Stockport; I travel all over the world for my sport but nothing beats the feeling of coming back home. It was fantastic to be told that I had won the Sports Personality Award, especially in this year of the Olympics when sport is receiving such a high profile, and I’m immensely pleased to be honoured in such a way by Stockport Council .I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my family and my sponsors; ExPix, Wainman, Chiemsee, Prolimt, and Kiteitright and I want to thank them all for everything that they have done in helping me reached this amazing achievement.”
And it seems that sport runs through the blood of this courageous teenager, who is as happy on a kite as she is on a snowboard, wakeboard, skates, ice skates or on a trampoline.Hannah continued, “I’d love to be an ambassador for sport, making sport more accessible and encouraging people to take part is really important to me, as is raising the profile of extreme and action sports.It’s so important to stay fit and healthy and whilst I’ve been able to take my sport to the extreme, there are levels of entry into sport and exercise for everyone, no matter what experience or ability they have. I hope my achievements will give people the confidence to go out there and try it for themselves, especially any girls who may be ‘put off’ by such a male dominated arena.”
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