Anna Hemmings is best known as Britain's leading female marathon canoeist, a two time Olympian and 6 times World Champion .
Anna Hemmings is best known as Britain's leading female marathon canoeist, a two time Olympian and 6 times World Champion. However, having recently retired from the world of elite sport she is now pursuing her career in the world of sports broadcasting. Alongside that, Anna continues to inspire audiences with anecdotes from the World Championship and Olympic Games; hers is really tale of triumph over adversity. She was told by medical experts she might never race again. In April 2003 Anna was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but despite being told that there was no solution, her 'never give up' attitude enabled her to make a full recovery and go on to win a hat-trick of three World titles in a row. Anna realises that there are a number of parallels that can be drawn between elite level sport and business and her tale of success in the face of adversity gives people hope, strength and the understanding that anything really is possible.
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Anna Hemmings is best known as Britain’s leading female marathon canoeist, a two time Olympian and 6 times World Champion. However, having recently retired from the world of elite sport she is now pursuing her career in the world of broadcasting. TV presenting has been a passion that Anna has wanted to develop for some years and is enjoying the transition from athlete to sports presenter.
In 2001 Anna graduated from Royal Holloway College, University of London with a BSC Honours degree in Economics and Management (2:1). In 2007 the University recognised Anna’s achievements and awarded her with an Honorary Fellowship. In the 2009 New Years Honours List Anna was awarded and MBE for services to sport.
6x World Champion (1999, 2x 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007)
3x European Champion (1997, 1999, 2005)
Beijing 2008 Olympian 15th
Sydney 2000 Olympian (semi finalist)
World Cup Winner 1997
2x World Championship silver medallist (1996 and 1998)
World Cup silver medallist (1995)
2005 Sunday Times Sports Personality of the Year, Winner of the
Surrey Athlete of the Year 1996
Elmbridge Sports Personality of the Year 1997,1999, 2001,2006, 2007
Honorary Fellowship awarded by Royal Holloway University in 2007
2007 BBC London Sports Personality of the Year
2008 Surrey Sports Personality of the Year
A highly accomplished motivational speaker, Anna is entertaining, direct and on target. She has a passionate belief that every individual has a talent and an ability to achieve beyond their imagination. She’s on a mission to inspire and equip people to think differently, to feel empowered, to take immediate action and to maximise results in any area of life. Anna’s story of success in the face of adversity gives people hope, strength and the understanding that anything really is possible. The audience walks away with the realisation that there are no limits and if you are just prepared to push the boundaries you can achieve beyond your wildest dreams. Anna’s exciting journey is not only inspiring but it also highlights the success strategies that helped her rise to the top; and more importantly how these strategies can be applied to anyone in any situation. For example, master the art of thriving on pressure and develop an ability to perform at the highest level even when faced with stretching goals, tight deadlines and changing demands.
Anna Hemmings has a great connectivity to business. Mary Kay Galvin, Assistant Director at Canon USA commented, “Excellent! Anna was able to take examples from the very competitive world of sport and use them as great tools that could be applied to both business and personal endeavours”
An air of believability surrounds Anna’s presentation because this is a speaker who has lived what she teaches. No other person can tell this passionate and compelling story of Anna’s true life experiences. Anna continues to compete at the highest level and so she is learning and experiencing more all the time - gathering new insights and fresh ideas to share with your people.
The same level of commitment that Anna puts into her sport is carried through into every presentation. She makes sure that she has a clear understanding of the audience, the company and their industry; ensuring that each speech is designed and made specific for the client.
Anna is one of Great Britain’s sporting elite and her story of commitment, tenacity and self-belief translates well into every arena because she has the ability to interact with a wide range of individuals and captivates audiences of numerous blue chip companies.
Anna Hemmings presented her story to an international audience of around 250 Sony staff. She is a brilliant speaker – the audience was completely engaged, inspired and motivated by the event – I was spellbound. The feedback from this event was the best I’ve ever had. Anna has the ability to tell a great story whilst making useful connections to personal and business issues. There were many thought provoking ideas generated and we’re still referring back to the lessons from her story several weeks after the event.
Naomi Climer, Vice President, Sony PSE
Our most successful female canoeist ever’
The Independent on Sunday
‘Anna Hemmings is Britain’s Paula Radcliffe on water’
“Anna is a very positive, entertaining and intelligent speaker who can act as a real inspiration”
John Inverdale, BBC Sports Correspondent
“Anna is one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. Who could fail to learn and be inspired by someone with such drive and commitment.”
“Anna’s success story is simply fascinating. Told in a unique way, Anna's uncompromising and passionate focus on achievement makes you want to get up and "Just do it" “
Mirjam Buhler Willey, Nike Girls in Sport
“Anna’s stories of discipline and focus were very well presented. She was able to take examples from the very competitive world of sports and use them as great tools that could be applied to both business and personal endeavors. I would welcome the opportunity to hear her speak again; I highly recommend Anna to speak in front of any group&mdashshe presents her story with humor, determination and focus.”
Mary Kay Galvin, Assistant Director, Special Accounts Channel, Canon USA, Inc
Thank you so very much for speaking at the DWP GOLD event last week. Your personal courage and convictions were inspirational and I wanted you to be aware of some of the feedback received from delegates.
‘Fantastic – inspiring speaker who kept us all involved in her story.’
‘Inspirational – Anna made it very relevant for us’
‘Excellent – Anna linked her own experiences to challenges we face in DWP very effectively’
Barbara Baker, Department for Work and Pensions, Programme Manager for DWP Gold Event
“I have never seen a person with so much focus as Anna Hemmings. Her message from the sporting and Olympic world drew very clear parallels with our business.”
Niagra Healthcare, National Sales Conference March 2005
“You are excellent to work with as you are a gifted speaker – one who has no problem holding an audience in the palm of her hand.”
Mary Flavelle, Local Executive, Chambers of Commerce