Since Hannah Kitchen could swim, she’s strived to become a world-class triathlete, completing her first competition at the age of 10 in Hatch End: the village where she took lessons. At 15, she joined a local running club, and gradually took part in more events – going on to win the London Region Youth Triathlon Series in 2005 and 2006.
After briefly competing at Junior Elite level in 2007 and 2008, Hannah started age-group racing in late 2009 – securing her first spot on the GB age-group team in 2010 at the Europeans in Athlone, Ireland. She continued to represent the team for three consecutive years.
At university, Hannah earned the Oxford Brookes University Sportswoman of the Year award in both 2011 and 2012. In 2013, she was selected to represent Great Britain at an Elite level, competing in the U23 ITU World Aquathlon Championships in Hyde Park – where she finished 4th. This success proved a turning point for Hannah, as she made the decision to take up part-time work as an osteopath whilst also training full-time.
The same year, Hannah approached Richard Stannard for coaching, having never received any before. In 2014, she enjoyed her first season, competing at an elite level – gaining a silver and bronze medal in the European and World Aquathlon Championships, and finishing 7th overall in the British Super Series.
Hannah’s most notable achievement to date has been winning the gold medal at the ETU European Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championships (20-24 age group) in Israel in 2012.