hana chorley

Hana’s switch pays off

Hana Chorley’s switch from gymnastics to diving has reaped huge rewards for the young star

Hana Chorley has had a remarkable recovery from a broken ankle.

Last year, the 13 year-old from Ryde was a rising gymnast and acrobat with a spot on the national squad.

However, the injury forced Hana to change sports, transferring her skills from the mat to the pool as she took up diving.

Hana quickly adapted to her new environment, training five times a week under Olympic coaches Chava Sobrino and Joel Rodriguez to become diving champion at Ravenswood School for Girls.

Her success didn’t stop there though as she was selected to represent NSW at the National Age Championships in Adelaide in April where she finished 10th on the 3m springboard.

“It was a really great experience,” Hana said.

“It was my first time representing NSW. I haven’t been diving for very long so I was really surprised when I got selected but it was really fun and I was happy with 10th place.”

Hana’s sporting achievements are matched only be the success she has had in her pursuits on stage.

Hana competing at the National Australian Age Diving Championships. Source: WinkiPoP Media

She has been a stalwart of both the Sydney and Ryde eisteddfods for many years, earning seven gold medals at the Sydney eisteddfod across both speech and drama categories.

Hana also added to her broad trophy category earlier this month when she finished second in the Rostrum ‘Voice of Youth’ Public Speaking Junior State Finals.

Although it was her first time participating in the competition, Hana claimed overall runner-up with a heartfelt speech on the topic of teenage mental health.

Hana was able to draw on her personal experience for the prize-winning speech as she suffers from a mild case of obsessive compulsive disorder- a common condition among elite sportspeople such as herself.

Hana has been nominated for NewsLocal’s Young Sporting Spirit-Individual award.

The Local Sports Stars program is searching for outstanding athletes aged under 18, as well as those that love and contribute to making sport a great experience for everyone.

The program has five categories: Junior Sports Star Individual, Junior Sports Star Team, Young Sporting Spirit Individual, Young Sporting Spirit Team and Service to Sport.

To nominate someone, go to