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Hannah's in the frame for 2012 Games; SAILING.

CARDIFF'S Hannah Mills sailed off with rave reviews after acclaimed photographer Robert Wilson used snaps of the Olympic hopeful at a recent London gallery exhibition.

Wilson was on board Hannah's International 470 boat to take a fascinating set of photographs of the 21-year-old in action alongside crew member Katrina Hughes.

In June the duo finished as the top British crew with a 12th-place finish in the open 470 class in the European Championships.

In 2008 the girls won the 470 Junior Under-22 World Championship in Poland, followed by the silver medal at the 470 Junior1 European Ladies Championship in Croatia. Earlier they achieved a top-10 result at the Princessa Sofia Olympic regatta in Palma del Majorca where they competed against Olympic sailors from many countries.

Hannah's sailing career started, R only eight at Llanishen Sailing Centre in Cardiff and soon she was invited to join the Welsh Optimist Squad.

The Welsh Yachting Association's National Optimist coach, Alan Williams, nurtured her sailing talents, providing her with a sailing programme culminating in the Optimist Girls world championship title.

In 2002 she won the MDL Young Sailor of the Year award at the London Boat Show and the BBC Wales Young Female Sports Personality of the Year.

At 15, Hannah moved into the International 420 with Peggy Webster as her crew. This was a new challenge; neither girl had sailed a double-handed boat before.

Within six weeks they qualified for the world championships in Australia where, in January 2004, they finished as Under-17 ladies world champions.

By the end of 2006 Hannah and Peggy had won the 420 Junior European championship title twice, the National Championship, the RYA Youth Nationals and the Open World Championship. They were the first British sailors to win the Open World Championship for six years.

Hannah moved into the International 470 - the double-handed boat for London 2012.

To view more of Robert Wilson's images and to win a day's sailing with an international level coach, visit


Hannah Mills, inset, and with her Skandia Team GB partner Katrina Hughes in action
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 21, 2009
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