Danielle started swimming at the age of 6 for recreational reasons in that her mum didn’t know how to swim and always worried about family holidays, the rest is history.
Danielle originally played Football throughout her starting years while swimming, however, aged 11 had to choose between competitive Football or Swimming. Fortunately, she chose swimming and a year later won her first British title aged 12.
Danielle has represented Ireland at 2 European Juniors and 1 European Games. At her last European Juniors she finished 6th in 100BC final.
Danielle has also represented Northern Ireland at Junior level at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa.
Danielle currently holds the Ulster Junior Record in the 50FC, 100BC and 200BC and holds the Irish Junior records in the 50FC, 50BC, 100BC and 200BC.
Danielle has also represented Ireland at the European Long course and short course championships, also representing Northern Ireland at 2 Commonwealth Games, her first brig Glasgow 2014 where she was aged just 14. Danielle is currently preparing for her second games in Gold Coast 2018.
Danielle currently holds the Ulster Senior and Irish Senior Records in the 50FC and 50BC. And is the fastest female ever in Irish history, being the first Irish female to swim sub-26 seconds last summer.
Ulster - ranked 1st, 50, 100FC and 50, 100, 200BC
Ireland - ranked 1st 50BC, 100BC, 200BC and 2nd in 50FC
Europe - Top 25 in 50BC and 50FC
Commonwealth - Top 8 in 50BC
World - Top 50 in 50BC
Aims and ambitions:
Short Term: "I want to qualify and place top 16 at European Championships 2018 in August and also re-gain my position on Irish National Squad for 2018-2019."
Mid term - "I want to achieve my qualification time for World Championships 2019 and hopefully place myself in a semi-final."
Long term - "I want to qualify for Olympics and have a top 16 finish in 50FC."
Current training: "I currently train under Peter Hill at Larne SC and have for 5 years. I am currently part of the National Performance Squad which is based in Dublin, meaning I travel every other week down south to train with the squad."
"I feel Swimming is a very gender equal sport, however, the thought of being part of Fierce brand who fully supports women in sport excites me. Not every sport is gender equal and I love the idea of making women feel empowered and confident in themselves when training or competing - and Fierce is all about empowering women, allowing them to participate in sport no matter their size, ethnicity or background. I know the brand will continue to grow and I can’t wait to be part of that journey."Danielle Hill