Hannah Wilson

Swimming, Olympic athlete

1989 –

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Who is Hannah Wilson?

Hannah Wilson is a Hong Kong amateur swimmer. She is a two-time Olympic swimmer for Hong Kong, having swum at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens and the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in the Water Cube in Beijing. She has won two career Universiade gold medals. As of July 11, 2009, Wilson currently holds 10 Hong Kong records and two Universiade records in swimming.

However she struggled but eventually received the International Olympic Committee's permission to race in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Originally the IOC's policy would have barred Wilson from representing Hong Kong, which was a cause for distress throughout Hong Kong. She has since renounced her British citizenship to take up Chinese citizenship and a Hong Kong SAR passport in her pursuit to represent Hong Kong in swimming for at least the next decade.

At the 2006 Asian Games, she was a member of the bronze medal-winning team in the women's 4×100 m freestyle relay.

She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley after attending Peak School from 1994 to 2000 and Island School from 2000 to 2007. She was recommended to attend the University of California, Berkeley by her 2006 Asian Games bronze medal-winning teammate Tsai Hiu Wai, who was the former swimming captain of the California Golden Bears. Her college teammates include 2008 Summer Olympic Games 100 m backstroke gold medalist Natalie Coughlin and 4×100 m freestyle relay silver medalist Emily Silver. The California Golden Bears are coached by Teri McKeever, the United States assistant coach at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

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Born
Mar 10, 1989
Hong Kong
Also known as
  • Little H.
Nationality
  • Hong Kong
Profession
Education
  • University of California, Berkeley
Lived in
  • Hong Kong

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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