A family holiday in Anglesey was the catalyst for Elliot Hanson to pursue a career in sailing. And a lot has happened since a six-year-old Hanson hit the waters on the Welsh coast with his grandparents.
Hanson has seen success on the world stage taking the 2008 Topper World Championship title and stepped on the podium at international events such as the Delta Lloyd regatta and Princess Sofia Trophy in the Laser. Hanson was also part of the British team to claim the Youth America’s Cup in 2017.
Since that success injuries have stalled Hanson’s Laser sailing with a knee injury and ankle surgery keeping the Cheshire sailor out of training and competition, but Hanson has shown the strength and determination to overcome his issues and returned with a gold medal in his first international competition back on the water in Medemblik.
Since then Hanson has been a force to be reckoned with, notching up plenty of podium finishes including gold at the 2018 World Cup Series Enoshima on the same waters as Tokyo 2020, and most recently his first European championship title.
Hanson will represent Team GB at Tokyo 2020.