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Hannah Stodel

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002 Hannah Stodel Inspirational Sailor

Inclusive Sport with Lucy Hodges MBE

On this episode of Inclusive Sport, I welcome Hannah Stodel.4x Paralympian Triple World Champion 17 World Cup Gold Medals First, disabled sailor to sail non-stop around Britain and IrlandBT YJA Young sailor of the year 1998 Youngest ever sailor in the Paralympic games Slingsby ladies day winner 2016 Yachtmaster of the year 2017 At 14 years old Hannah saw Paralympic sailing as a weaker option to her career, having been successfully racing on the able-bodied circuit all over the world. Already a world champion in her own right, 1999 offered a life changing decision thanks to Atlanta gold medallist, Andy Cassells- the Paralympics or the Olympics? Andy offered her the chance to train with him in the run-up to the Sydney Paralympic games, and the rest, as they say, is history! 16 years, 4 Paralympic Games and multiple world championships later, and Hannah is now ready to take on her “Everest of the seas”, the vendee globe round the world race. Inspired by Ellen MacArthur, Sir Robin Knox Johnston, and other sailing legends along the way, in 2024 Hannah is aiming to become the first disabled athlete in history to take on the toughest race in sailing- the 24,000 mile, non-stop, unassisted circumnavigation of the world- the vendee globe. CONTACT: SUE BOUCKLEYCOMMERCIAL MANAGERHANNAH STODEL RACING SUE@HANNAHSTODELRACING.COM HANNAH STODELSKIPPER, KEYNOTE SPEAKERHANNAH STODEL RACING HANNAH@HANNAHSTODELRACING.COM 


6 Jun 2021

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F*ck The Norm #6 | Lewis Ellis & Hannah Stodel | 4x Paralympian, Triple World Champion in Sailing


At 14 years old, Hannah saw Paralympic Sailing as a weaker option to her career, having been successfully racing on the able-bodied circuit all over the world. Already a world champion in her own right, 1999 offered a life-changing decision thanks to Atlanta gold medallist, Andy Cassels - The Paralympics or The Olympics?  Andy offered her the chance to train with him on the run-up to the Sydney Paralympic Games. And the rest, as they say, is history! Hannahs journey to get to where she is today is filled with highs & lows and listening to her story will take you on a rollercoaster of emotion. A truly inspiring person who will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. 16 years, four Paralympic Games and multiple world championships later, and Hannah is now ready to take on her “Everest of the seas”. In 2024 Hannah is aiming to become the first disabled athlete in history to take on the toughest race In sailing. The 24,000 miles, none-stop, unassisted circumnavigation of the world – The Vendee Globe.

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22 Jun 2020

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WoodPods-Ep 9-Hannah Stodel Paralympic Sailor


4 Time Paralympian Hannah Stodel is a British Paralympic sailor who represented Great Britain in the Athens, Beijing, London and Rio Paralympic Games. She is known for smashing performance ceilings as well as challenging and perceptions of what disabled sailors can achieve. With sailing no longer part of the Paralympics, Hannah has reinvented herself and is now focusing on single-handed offshore yachting, and the Vendee Globe, a single handed round the world yacht race. She shares her journey from childhood to current, and the barriers she has had to overcome to succeed as well as the importance of well-being and a positive mindset.


20 Jun 2020

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Hannah Stodel Challenging Perceptions… Ep73

Hear Her Sports

Hannah Stodel, 3 time World Champion, 4 times Paralympian. Hannah was born without a lower right arm. At 15 she started competing with her eyes on the Paralympics and now she is preparing for the Vendee Globe, and incredible, solo around the world race. Hannah talks about love of sailing, confidence, her studied preparations for the Vendee, and unicorn duct tape and chocolate. Hear Her Sports is long-form interviews with female athletes & women in sports breaking boundaries, speaking up and living with power & confidence.


19 Dec 2019

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Hannah Stodel - 4X Paralympian (Sailing), Triple World Champ, Aspiring to compete in the Vendee Globe 2020!

Tough Girl Podcast

Hannah knows what it takes to follow her dreams, and has always lived by her Uncle’s motto “never give up”.  At 13 years old, she became the youngest ever winner of the BT Young Sailor of the Year award for her achievements at the Mirror World Championships. Aged 15 she received a phone call that changed the direction of her life. Andy Cassell, the Atlanta Gold medalist in the Sonar class opened her eyes to disability sailing, which she had previously thought of as the weaker option.  After winning the bronze medal at the World Championships, her team was selected above her childhood hero and mentor, Andy Cassell which sent her to her first Paralympic Games - Athens 2004! During this podcast we learn more about the setbacks she’s had to face, how she has dealt with failure and crushing disappointments. Throughout it all she has kept moving forward with pure grit and determination.  After listening to Hannah you will be inspired to take on your own personal challenge. Show notes Going back to her childhood and understanding what it was like for her growing up What she loved about sailing & how sailing changed her perception of herself. Going off to military school at young age & what she’s learned from that experience Growing up with her disability and dealing with bullies Making the Youth Squad in sailing Winning the Young Sailor of the Year Award when she was 13 years old! Knowing that sailing was going to be in her future Dealing with the pressure of coming from a sailing family Thinking that Paralympian sailing was the weaker option and how her mind got changed. Deciding to leave university after 2 years and focus on the Athens campaign Beating her childhood hero & mentor at the 2003 World Championships The mental preparation while competing at an elite level The Chimp Paradox and exercising the chimp! Racing & competing in China Race tactics & why it’s a balancing act Losing a medal at the London Olympics 2012 16 years of sailing and the reason she sails Her preparation for Rio What she does to get ready before a race 2 bad days on the water at Rio and having to fight back to Bronze position, before losing out to a disqualification Dealing with the loss What’s the extra one percent and why you have to fight to the end - no matter what The closing party in Rio! What sailing has taught her Sailing has been dropped from the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020 The Vendee Globe 2020 Challenge! Final words of advice to motivate & inspire you! Learn more about Hannah by visiting her website - & say hi to her on twitter @SailingHannah. I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL Feeling inspired week after week?  You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast! Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you won’t miss a single episode If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment! Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love.  Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you! Want to do more? Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs. 


21 Feb 2017