Sport

Comeback paying off for mum

Australia’s Hannah Every-Hall and Alice McNamara compete in the lightweight women’s double sculls final at the world championships last year.
Australia’s Hannah Every-Hall and Alice McNamara compete in the lightweight women’s double sculls final at the world championships last year. AFP

FORMER Noosa rower Hannah Every-Hall is keen to cap a remarkable comeback at the Olympic selection trials, which get under way at Penrith tomorrow.

Having returned to serious training in 2009 after a lengthy six-year-layoff, the 34-year-old mother of two is one of four women vying for two places in the Australian lightweight double scull crew.

After producing some eye-catching displays, including a fifth placing in the double scull at the 2011 world championships and winning the national single sculls title this month, Every-Hall is considered a genuine chance to be picked in the Olympic squad.

"You never count your chickens until they've hatched and this (regatta) is what everything comes down to, basically," she said yesterday.

Every-Hall's revival would indeed be extraordinary.

A lightweight quad scull gold medallist at the world championships at Seville in 2002, she was forced out of competition for a year because of a serious ovary disorder.

She was on track to make her mark at the Athens Olympic trials when she was floored by an anaphylactic reaction to her cat.

"It was not a good time (2003-04). That was what drove me to stop," Every-Hall said.

"My husband and I said if I wanted to come back I could always do it later, so I decided to earn some money and have a family."

Based at Noosa from 2003-10, Every-Hall credits the rowing community there for helping her rediscover her passion for the sport.

"It was only when I ended up rowing masters at Noosa that I realised how much I still loved the sport and with the support of the Noosa Boat Club, they helped me get back to where I was," she said.

"I owe a lot to the people at the club. They used to come over and look after my kids (Harrison, now 5, Charlie, 3) while my husband was away for work and I went off to do training sessions."

After all her sacrifices, Every-Hall is intent on making her mark at the selection trials.

"I've been to a couple of world championships, but never an Olympic Games and obviously the Olympics is the pinnacle of our sport and something that is a dream and an ambition of mine," she said.

HANNAH EVERY-HALL

Age: 34

Highlight: Won lightweight quad scull gold medal 2002 world championships (Seville)

Ambition: Olympic selection and medal in lightweight double scull

Topics:  london olympics, noosa, rowing




Approaching whales in Strait will cost you: EHP

The maximum penalty for intentionally moving too close to a whale is $20,113.50 or an on-the-spot fine of $609.

Migaloo and other white whales have special protection

ALDI build begins in Urangan

OPENING SOON: Aldi in Maryborough Street opens on Wednesday 3 August.

Jobseekers are urged to get their resumes ready for a new store.

No need to inform public about brumbies on Fraser: QPWS

A brumby on Fraser Island.

The spokeswoman said public did not need to be concerned.

Latest deals and offers

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles