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Hannah has always been passionate about sport and as such, studying sport was a natural progression. She looked around at the courses involving sport and found that Deakin was the only university in Melbourne to offer the double degree in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Commerce - Sport Management. Hannah will complete the fourth and final year of her program in 2010 although she hopes to complete an honours year in 2011.
Hannah has been involved in competitive swimming since 1997 and since then has gone on to represent Australia at the highest possible level, the Paralympic Games at both Athens and Beijing. She won a bronze medal in Athens in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay team and was also a co-captain of the Australian Paralympic Swim Team for both the 2006 World Swimming Championships and 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. In late 2009, Hannah competed at the first ever World Short Course Swimming Championships in Rio.
Hannah says that 'combining study with sport is a challenge as well as a juggling act but with the effective use of time management skills it is possible to do both and be successful. I have found that the lecturers and tutors at Deakin are very willing to assist you in achieving the balance between university and sport'.
Hannah looks forward to utilising her degree and hopefully assisting in the event management of major sporting events such as the Paralympics in the future.