Hello and welcome! My name is Hannah Vaughan, I am a 28 year old Canadian kayaker. I am a proud Dartmouthian who calls Lake Banook home. Growing up in the City of Lakes, I took to kayaking from a young age. From the very beginning, I loved being out in the boat and competing. After a few races, my Olympic dream was born. Over 20 years later, I am close to making that dream a reality.
I am a Pan American Games gold medalist, World Cup medalist, and multi-time national champion. In 2013, I achieved my best World Championship finish with 6th place in women’s K4 500m.
Be sure to check out my results section for more information on where I’ve been and what I’ve done!
My experiences as an athlete- through successes and failures- have shaped me as a person. I strive to bring passion, focus, and dedication to every aspect of my life.
As an RBC Olympian, I act as a community ambassador, sharing my Olympic dreams with schools and communities. I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity, and am endlessly thankful for RBC’s support.
I am a former varsity swimmer (specializing in 400 IM and 800 free) and still love swimming. I consider my time with the Dalhousie Tigers to have been some of the most valuable years of my life. I learned how amazing the support of friends and teammates can be, renewed my love of competition, and just generally trained my butt off! I owe so much to my teammates and coaches, and I know I’ll treasure these memories for the rest of my life.
I finished my degree in 2011, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in political science and history from Dalhousie University. I am presently completing my advanced diploma in public relations at Nova Scotia Community College.
Aside from training, my interests include cooking, hiking, travel, reading, cats, and just learning in general! I am blessed to have an amazing and supportive family, and appreciate how much they have done to get me to where I am today.