Meet Bianca Hansen aka Bee!
We decided to ask Bee some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives her as an athlete and a person…
Athletics Victoria: Welcome Bee!
Bianca Hansen: Hey guys!
AV: We know we sound like a broken record, but it’s always good to be consistent with these interviews, so with that in mind we guess you should tell us your age?
BH: I’m 18.
AV: And your club?
BH: Ringwood Athletic Club.
AV: How long have you been doing athletics for?
BH: Well I started when I was 5-years-old, so I’ve been in the game for 13 years.
AV: You’re practically a veteran! Were your parents athletes?
BH: My parents were quite athletic when they were younger. Dad participated in athletics and soccer at a high-level. My Mum was very good at athletics, swimming and basketball.
AV: Jack of all trades ey! So what do you love about your specific events?
BH: I love getting the perfect throw as it feels effortless. There’s nothing better than watching that discus cut through the air! For long jump, I just love when I get the perfect take-off from the board and fly through the air!
AV: Sounds as if you just love things flying through the air haha! So with a storied junior career, what do you feel will be necessary to make the next big leap up to a senior Australian team?
BH: I think to make it to an Australian senior team, I will not only have to continue doing what I’m doing, but further continue to have a strong work ethic and focus with my training. There’s the possibility of extending my training up to twice a day on some days, which will allow me to fit in all the little extra things that will make a big difference for me technically and strength-wise. I’m happy to be patient, as I’ve been told the leap from juniors to seniors can be quite daunting especially coming from such success on a junior level. There can be a big gap between transitioning from being a junior athlete to making your first Australian senior team. I’ll also need passion. Passion for the sport, my events and wanting to know every detail about athletics. My mind and body need to both be there in order to achieve a legacy and to make an Olympics.
AV: Given this year is a bit of a transition year for you following junior Australian representation, without an age-group team to qualify for the 2017 National Championships, what will your goals be for the competition?
BH: My goals for Nationals are simple: Enjoy and compete. Sometimes, when in the prospects of trying to make a National team, you can become too focused that you forget to simply enjoy what you love doing. There’s often a lot of external and internal pressure circulating.
AV: Very mature of you Bee! So away from athletics, what do you like to get up to?
BH: I suppose for fun I just hangout or go out with friends and do ‘normal people’ things. It’s good to have a balance between my social and athletics life.
AV: That just about wraps things up from our end Bee. Thanks so much for your time! Good luck next week as well!
BH: Thanks so much guys!
Catch Bianca in the discus and long jump during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).