At the age of 16, Brooke Hansen made her international debut as the youngest member of the 1994 Commonwealth Games Australian swim team competing in Victoria, Canada. She swam into fourth place in the 200m Breaststroke at that meet.
The disappointment of missing Olympic Games selection in 1996 by a mere 0.11sec did not deter her from dominating the breaststroke events on the 1996 Mare Nostrum tour, and claiming victory in the 50m breaststroke at the 2000 Telstra Australian Championships - her first Open National Title, a afeat she repeated in 2003.
At the 2000 and 2001 Australian Short Course Championships, Brooke took all before her by winning the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke events.
Brooke Hansen was on the Australian Swim Team in Fukuoka Japan for the World Championships in 2001 where she achieved an Australian Record swim in the semi-final of the 50m Breaststroke, breaking the 1998 record held by Samantha Riley. She went on to place fifth in the final.
Brooke Hanson returned to become the most successful Australian swimmer at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, winning the 50 and 100m breaststroke in the victorious Australian Women’s Team. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Brooke won silver in the 100m breaststroke, before qualifying for the 100 and 200m breaststroke finals at the 2002 Pan Pacs in Yokohama.
After a series of personal best times, Brooke qualified for the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona, where she won silver in the 50m breaststroke and finished sixth in the 100m final. She established new Australian records for the 50m breaststroke in both the heat and the semi-final in Barcelona before holding off world record holders Zoe Baker (Great Britain) and Leisel Jones (AUS) to win silver.
Brooke returned home to Hobart where she won her fourth successive 50m crown at the Australian Short Course Championships, after again breaking the Australian record in the semi-final to become the fourth fastest swimmer in history for the event. She later won silver in the 200m breaststroke and set a new Australian record in the 100m IM.
Brooke Hanson won 3 gold and 1 silver at the 2004 Telstra Olympic Swim Team Trials in Sydney and then went on to win a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke at he Athens Olympics and was part of the 4 x 100 medley Relay team that won gold. Brooke Hanson is one of the most sought after female athletes in Australia with her legendry smile and bubbly personality. Brooke Hansen has completed many corporate speaking engagements, launches and appearances in the past few years and has a great story to tell.