An elite athlete in two sports and with a PhD in athlete wellbeing, Dr Hannah MacDougall has a unique perspective on emotional, mental and physical performance and wellbeing - so I knew she’d be the perfect guest for Sparta Chicks Radio.
Hannah was 9 when she set the goal to become a Paralympian.
She’s now a dual Paralympian, having competed in swimming at the 2004 Athens and the 2008 Beijng Paralympics.
Unfortunately, Hannah suffered from burnout, fell out of love with swimming and eventually quit the sport.
And that’s when she discovered cycling!
Since then, she’s won multiple medals including Gold at both the Australian Para Cycling Championships and, more recently, World Cup events in Europe.
She was also the first female amputee to compete in the “able bodied” women’s time trial race at the Cycling Australia National Championships.
And her next goal is to represent Australia at her 3rd Paralympics in Tokyo in 2020, this time in cycling.
On top of all that, she has a PhD in Athlete Well-Being and has studied, amongst other things, the use of meditation and mindfulness, in sport and life.
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