Mills sails on in her quest for gold at the London Olympics
after pairing up with Beijing Olympian Saskia Clark earlier this
year in the 470 Class.
The duo came back from a difficult start to their regatta series
to claim bronze at the European Championships recently - their
third medal from the four major events they've contested since
teaming up in February, including silvers at the Skandia Sail for
Gold and Hyeres Regatta.
Mills and Clark have now been named in the Team GB at the
official test event for the London 2012 Olympic sailing
competition, which runs from July 29 to August 11 at the Weymouth
and Portland National Sailing Academy.
Hannah began her sailing career at the age of eight in the
Optimist, a single handed boat. By the age of 14 she had won every
major UK title competing regularly in mixed fleets of 300 boy and
girl sailors. In 2002 she was awarded the prestigious MDL Young
Sailor of the Year Award at the London Boat Show as recognition of
In 2003 she bettered this performance by winning the Optimist
Girls World championship and finishing 5th overall in
the combined boys and girls fleets. A feat no other British sailor
has ever achieved. She was nominated for the Sunday Times Women in
Sport newcomer award where she was the runner-up.
Hannah then moved into the double handed 420. She rose to the
challenge and after only 6 weeks in the boat qualified for the
World Championships in Australia where, in January 2004 she won the
U.17 Ladies World title.
By the end of the summer of 2006 she and her crew had won the
420 Junior European Ladies title twice, the UK National
championships, the RYA Youth Nationals and the Ladies open World
championship. This title had not been won by a British sailor for
six years. In 2005 Hannah and her crew were selected as the GB
representative at the ISAF Youth Worlds, in Busan Korea, where they
Later in 2006 Hannah moved into the double-handed 470 Olympic
boat and has won both the U22 Ladies World and European titles.
In 2012, at her first ever Olympic Games, Hannah Mills won a
silver medal in the 470 class with partner Saskia Clark.