Meet the FitFest Oxford team: Hannah

Kate Stinchcombe-Gillies
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Dec 20

Meet Hannah, she is the wise owl of sport in the FitFest Oxford team because experience aside she also has letters after her name. Clearly sport has always been Hannah’s ‘thing’ – she took a sports science degree before kicking off a 25 year career in the sector.

A sporting mindset

Hannah says: “My passion is seeing young people achieve their potential. Supporting young people to make sensible choices. Being a good role model to those around me. Leading by example and playing an active part in the team. I also have a strong desire to see women and girls flourish in the industry and make sport/leisure a viable and appealing career choice.”

Reading that it’ll come as no surprise to hear that before joining us at Ignite Sport she spent 13 years at Sport England. 

Her specialist sporting prowess? Hockey, netball and football – she has NGB qualifications in all of them – and was once an elite hockey player. 

An everyday sporting inspiration

For Hannah, her personal and professional passions have intertwined. She has three London Marathon medals on her achievement board, for example. And while running has made way for other activities these days, you’ll regularly find her in the gym, living and breathing what she does and what she loves. 

Out in the fresh air, Hannah’s latest fitness passion is distance power walking, including treks and trail walks, often in excess of 30km. That’s what she calls an afternoon walk in the park!

I genuinely believe ‘sport changes lives’

Hannah joined us in 2017 because, in her words, “I wished to return to grassroots community sport, making a tangible difference day to day, actually seeing people enjoying sport and encouraging more people to be active.”

We couldn’t ask for a better fit. She is a walking, talking fitness inspiration and you can keep tabs on her latest antics across the FitFestOxford social media profiles: InstagramFacebookTwitter. Come join the conversation, we’d love to see you there. 

Be inspired by sport, like Hannah, join us at FitFestOxford 2021 to discover new activities and polish your favourite workout moves. Tickets are on sale now: 

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