Hannah Whelan Biography
Sun Sign: Cancer
Also Known As: Hannah Kate Whelan
Born in: Singapore
Famous as: Gymnast
mother: Karen Whelan
siblings: Sophie Whelan
City: Singapore, Singapore
education: Liverpool John Moores University
awards: 2008 - Senior British Championships; bronze all-around
floor silver2008 - Selected for Beijing; team 9th2009 - European Championships Milan; 17th all-around2009 - British Team champions (City of Liverpool); individual all-around champion2009 - Senior British Championships; 5th all-around
beam silver2010 - British Teams; individual all-around bronze2010 - Porto World Cup; floor bronze2010 - British Champion
floor bronze2010 - World Championships Rotterdam; team 7th
individual all-around 16th2010 - Glasgow Grand Prix (World Cup); beam silver2011 - Senior English champion
beam and bars silver2011 - European Championships all-around 13th; beam 8th2011 - British Teams: Individual all-around gold2011 - British all-around champion
bars and beam silver2011 - World Championships
team 5th2012 - European Championships beam and floor bronze
team 4th2012 - British Championships bronze all-around2012 - Olympic Games - member of team GB
all-around finalist2013 - English all-around champion2013 - British Championships beam silver2014 - British beam silver2014 - European Championship team silver2014 - Commonwealth Games (Team England) Team gold
Hannah Whelan is a British Gymnast, best known for her performance in the ‘Beijing Olympics’. She asked her mother to begin gymnastic lessons when she was young, and has been training ever since. She has trained with some of the greatest names in British gymnastics, and competed alongside British champions such as Ruby Harold, Claudia Fragapane, and Rebecca Tunney. In her teenage years she began to appear in the competitive British circuit, doing well in ‘British Championships’, and making great contributions to the her club ‘City of Liverpool’. She also began performing on an international scale, and has had several appearances in the ‘American Cup’, ‘World Cup’, and the ‘European Championships’. Whelan was frequently interviewed after such appearances and demonstrated the poise, grace, and bearing of a true champion, rarely dwelling on personal defeats, and praising her teammates no matter what her own personal score was. This overwhelming positivity, combined with her dedication to her crafts, has made her a favorite among her coaches, teammates, and fans. She has also had two appearances in the Olympics. Despite the fact that she did not medal in either of her Olympic appearances, she is still considered one of Britain’s best gymnasts.
- Hannah Whelan was born in Singapore and moved to Stockport, United Kingdom when she was two years old. At the age of six, Whelan began to take gymnastics lessons, and her talent was noticed shortly thereafter.
- She began to train at the ‘South Manchester Gymnastics Club’ with her coach, Helen Hall. In 1997, the Whelans’ moved to Texas in the United States, and she trained at ‘Flips Gymnastic Academy’.
- In 2001, her family returned to Stockport, and she resumed her training with Helen Hall at the ‘Vernon Park Gymnastic Club’. Four years later, she began training with Sarah Attwell at the ‘City of Liverpool Gymnastic Club’. Three years later she began training with Amanda Reddin.
- In March 2008, Whelan competed in the ‘World Cup’ in Doha, Qatar, where she placed eighth in balance beam and eighth in floor scoring. In June of that year she placed third overall in the ‘British Championship’ in Guildford United Kingdom (score – 56.100).
- Later in 2008, she competed in the ‘Summer Olympics’, which were held in Beijing, China. Her scores of 14.325 on the balance beam and 14.125 on the floor contributed to Britain’s ninth place finish.
- March 2009 found Whelan in Milan for the ‘European Championship’. She placed seventeenth overall. That May she participated in the British Teams competition in Guildford and her club, ‘City of Liverpool’, took first place.
- In July 2009, she returned to Guildford for ‘British Championship’. She took second in balance beam (score – 14.300), fourth on the floor, and fifth overall with a score of 52.150. She had surgery on her wrist in September of that year.
- In June 2010, Whelan returned to the ‘World Cup’ in Porto, Portugal. She placed third on the floor with a score of 13.400. In July she made her third her appearance in Guildford for the ‘British Championship’. She placed second in balance beam (score – 14.100), third on uneven bars (score – 13.800), and third on the floor (score – 13.750).
- In October 2010, she made her first appearance at the ‘World Championship’ in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She placed sixteenth in the overall competition. Her scores of 13.900 on the uneven bars, 14.066 on the floor, and 14.133 on the balance beam contributed to Britain’s seventh place finish.
- She competed in the ‘American Cup’ in Jacksonville, Florida in March 2011. She placed eighth. That April, she returned to the ‘European Championship’ which was held in Berlin, Germany. Despite falling twice, she placed eighth in the balance beam and thirteenth in the overall competition. Later in the month, she attended the ‘World Cup’ in Glasgow, placing fifth in the all-around competition.
- In May 2011, she competed in British Teams with her club, City of Liverpool. They took first place in the overall competition (score – 56.850). That July she attended ‘British Championship’ again, where she took second on uneven bars (score -13.900), second in balance beam (score -14.500), and fourth on the floor.
- In October 2011, she competed in the ‘World Championship’ in Tokyo, Japan. Britain’s fifth place score was due in part to Hannah’s overall score of 55.665. The scores qualified them for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- In March 2012 Whelan returned to Qatar for the ‘World Cup’, where she placed sixth in the balance beam. Brussels, Belgium hosted the ‘European Championship’ that year, where her overall score of 55.498 contributed to Britain’s fourth place finish. She placed third on balance with a score of 14.333 and third on floor scoring 14.533.
- At the ‘British Championships’ in 2012 she took third overall (score -55.800), second on balance beams third on floor scoring and fourth on uneven bars.
- The 2012 Summer Olympics were held in London in July. Her score of 55.699 won her seventeenth place and qualified her for the all-around final. In the team final, her scores of 14.000 on uneven bars, 13.866 on balance beam, and 14.200 helped land the British team sixth place. However, the overall final led to heartbreak for Whelan. She received a zero for landing her vault on her knees, and ended up in last place.
- In 2008, Whelan won gold for the balance beam at the British Championships in Guildford.
- In 2010 and then again a year later, she took first place at the British Championships in the overall competition.
- Whelan missed much of her senior year of high school due to her training. She currently attends ‘John Moores University’ in Liverpool, where she studies Sports Development. Whelan still trains thirty hours a week.
- The famous gymnast’s birth sign is ‘Cancer’, a sign renowned for its incredible perseverance.
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