Hannah was born on 1st July 1992 in Singapore where she spent the first 2 years of her life. In 1994 the family returned home to Stockport, Cheshire.

At the age of six, after constantly cartwheeling around the house and Tesco she persuaded her Mum to take her to a gymnastic class where she was immediately spotted as a talent and began training at South Manchester Gymnastics Club with coach Helen Hall.

Aged 7, Hannah moved to America where she continued her training at Flips Gymnastics Academy in Texas until returning to the UK in 2001. She then joined her first coach Helen at Vernon Park Gymnastics club in Stockport, alongside coaching directors Barry &  Chris McLaughlin. It was at this time she started to emerge on the national scene, leading to British squad selection.

In 2005 Hannah moved to the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club, where she was coached by Sarah Attwell achieving further national and international success and selection for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Between 2008 and 2012, Hannah trained under renowned coach Amanda Reddin, who helped her become British Champion in 2010 and 2011 and achieve 2 bronze medals on Beam and Floor at the 2012 European Championships. Hannah also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games alongside teammates Beth Tweddle, Jennifer Pinches and Rebecca Tunney.

Hannah is now coached by Claire Duffy (now Hynd) and is currently studying a Sports Development degree at John Moores University. Her ultimate goal is to represent England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.´╗┐

Hannah Whelan