I'm Hannah Snellgrove, a 27-year-old sailor from Great Britain competing in the Laser Radial (the women's single-handed Olympic class). I am making a return to the Olympic sailing circuit after a two year break from international competition.
I have achieved three British National titles, and in my previous time as a full time athlete I placed in the top 10 at European Championships, EUROSAF Cups and World Cups, in the top 15 at a World Championships, and qualified in 2014 and 2015 for the first two World Cup finals reserved for the top 20 sailors in each Olympic class.
In my two years away from international Radial competition, I competed in two RS500 World Championships as a crew, where we finished in 7th and 4th.
The desire to go to an Olympics and win a medal never left, and with only nine days on the water in the Radial in the previous year, I jumped back into the boat for the 2017 World Championships last August and was really pleased to see that I was still able to compete near the front of an international fleet of full timers, finishing 26th. I then placed 14th at the Europeans a month later, having achieved multiple top ten finishes in races in both these major regattas.
I was inspired to recommence my campaign, and spent the first month of this year out in Miami training and competing in the World Cup. Since returning to the UK at the end of January, alongside working, seeking sponsorship, and putting in the hours in the gym, I have been putting together a programme, and building a great support team.
I have been an independent self-supported athlete since April 2015, and am launching a crowdfunding campaign to purchase a new boat in time to get out to Palma, Mallorca, to train during March and then compete in the Princess Sofia Regatta at the beginning of April, before the season kicks off in earnest leading up to the World Championships in August and the Japan World Cup in September.