After an eleven-year diving career competing at all levels of international competition Olympian Hannah Starling is retiring at the age of twenty.
> Senior International debut at 13 years old at the 2009 European Champs.
> Competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games in front of the home crowd.
> Bronze in the 3m Springboard at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
> Ended Junior career with 3m Springboard bronze and 3m Synchro silver at the 2012 World Junior Champs in Australia.
In her own words
“Over the past couple years, a lot has happened, and ultimately it has lead to the decision I made at the end of June: to retire from diving.
“When I think about the crowd from London 2012, I go numb, because the cheer from those 17,500 people was the most uplifting and breathtaking thing I've ever experienced.
“I am upset that I didn't make it to Rio, but the next chapter of my life is about to begin, and I can't wait.
“I would like to thank you all for supporting me throughout my career. You guys are one of the reasons I loved it so much. I shan't forget how much everyone has done for me.”
Check out last year's In the Spotlight interview with Hannah
What her coach says
“Hannah has been a pleasure to work with over the years. She has always been super motivated to learn new skills and improve the ones she already had.
“One of my highlights of working with her was the London Olympics where she soaked up the support given by the 17,000 spectators in the pool and it showed in every one of her dives. She has always been very supportive of the younger divers in the programme and was never too busy to give support or advice or be a sympathetic ear.
“It’s time for Hannah to put her time and energy into something else. I wish her the very best and know she’ll be successful and find enjoyment in whatever she puts her mind to.”
Long time no Blog
A regular blogger for British Swimming, Hannah has published her first in a while which we recommend you read over on swimming.org!
AquaZone wishes Hannah the best of luck in her new adventures.
Don't miss our photo tribute.