Hannah Stodel is a one of Britain's most ground-breaking Elite Sailors and Paralympians.
Born missing her lower right arm - something that many people take for granted - and having to navigate the bullying and conceptions surrounding it, she didn't let that stop her. Growing up on the East Coast, the water was never far away and she soon began sailing - something that would become a very important part in her life. Not only did it provide a healthy outlet for helping her to cope with the bullying but, importantly, it gave her the freedom, independance and sense of achievement to boost her confidence and, combined with her natural talent and stellar work ethic, take it to a whole new level.
Among her many accolades, Hannah is 3-time World Champion; 4-time Paralympian; and in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games she competed as the only female racing in the physically demanding Sonar keelboat class - proving, once again, she could not only compete with the men but she could out sail them. To this day her team is the only one to have their names on the Sonar World Championship trophy 3 times. Plus, as if that wasn't enough, in 2020 she will become the 8th woman and only paralympic athlete ever to attempt the Vendée Globe - the toughest sailing race on earth - .... alone and completely unassisted!
'Brave, couragous, talented and completely kick-ass... Hannah shows that if it's attemptable, it's achievable. We can't wait to see what she does next.'