My full name is Chanel Hannah and I am both tragically and ridiculously passionate about sport, specifically triathlon (I say tragically because of the amount of money that it envelops - but every cent worth it) . I have always been a sporty person since I was young. I was the tom-boy in the family and loved climbing trees, running around outside and swimming.
I was a ballet dancer for almost 15 years before I found triathlon in 2013. I had done swimming at school and had started running socially before then, but nothing where three sports where combined.
Since 2013 my love for the sport has exploded and every other minute in the day you can find me thinking, doing or breathing everything triathlon. I love triathlon because it combines three amazing sports, and because I get bored with just doing one thing all the time. Sport and staying active is also important to me because it keeps me healthy and happy and I love being able to motivate others to get healthy and active.
In the last two years I have competed in most of the local Western Cape races and also Ironman 70.3 East London and Durban. My main focus at the moment is 70.3 as I enjoy the endurance distance. I hope to complete a full Ironman in a few years time.
I am also a trail running fan and enjoyed the sufferings of African X and the likes. Last year I also found myself loving the road bike more and more and completed the Coronation Double Century with a smile on my face.
My dreams for triathlon are big, I would like to pursue a professional career in the sport and help to motivate others that even if something feels far away and slightly impossible, hard work and consistent determination to better yourself can take you as far as you want to go.
My best results thus far have been 11th and 13th in my age group at Ironman 70.3 and then most recently I came in 2nd female in the Jailbreak Long distance Triathlon in the Slanghoek valley (stunning race venue).
I am very excited about being part of the Orca family and feel so privileged when I race in my orca kit and show off my #OrcaPod. To be part of something bigger than myself makes the hard days of training worth it.