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Anna McNuff is an endurance athlete, adventurer and motivational speaker.

Named by the Guardian as "One of the most inspiring contemporary female adventurers"

Great Britain World Champion Rower, Anna McNuff, dogged by injury at aged 24, made the difficult decision to retire from the sport, and to let go of her Olympic dream. She threw herself into a new life as a corporate marketeer, and began darting around the world on the hunt for new and exciting endurance adventure challenges.

Anna's high energy talks are life lessons from the road, told with raw honesty, humour and passion. From sitting on an International Regatta start line in Great Britain colours, to finding herself deep in the New Zealand bush alone and injured, she has learnt a great deal about personal limits in the past 15 years.

Through her speeches, Anna advocates a willingness to embrace the many obstacles that litter the road to success, and to view each one as an opportunity to learn and to grow.

Anna's talks can cover:

Confidence and self-belief
• Overcoming fear of failure
• The ability to 'choose your attitude'
• The practicality of turning big dreams into reality
• Determination, resilience and perseverance
• The importance of perspective and a positive mindset
• Calculation of risk in high pressured environments


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Anna McNuff is an endurance athlete, adventurer and motivational speaker.

Named by the Guardian as “One of the most inspiring contemporary female adventurers”

Anna McNuff is an endurance athlete, adventurer and motivational speaker. The daughter of two Olympians she grew up in a family where the pursuit of physical and mental excellence was encouraged. Seeing the respect and admiration that her parents received led to her harbouring ambitions from an early age to be an Olympian herself.

As a middle sibling sandwiched between two brothers, Anna simply did what the boys did, and often better. Through her teens she represented Surrey County in Athletics, Football, and Judo - before turning her hand to the sport of rowing, where she went on to represent Great Britain. During her time in the Great Britain squad, Anna became a World Champion at the University Games in 2006, and won a Bronze medal at the 2007 European Championships.

Dogged by injury at aged 24, Anna made the difficult decision to retire from the sport, and to let go of her Olympic dream. She threw herself into a new life as a corporate marketeer, and began darting around the world on the hunt for new and exciting endurance adventure challenges.

Now a full time adventurer, The Guardian have named Anna McNuff as one of the top female adventurers of our time. She is also one of The Discovery Channel’s ‘Make Your World Bigger’ Champions, and has been named by the Lord Mayor as the City of London’s top 50 most inspiring people.

In 2013 she cycled a beautiful Pink bicycle 11,000 miles through each and every state of the USA, from Alaska to Hawaii. Pedalling up to 130 miles a day for 6 months, solo and unsupported, she encountered blizzards, floods and temperatures as low at minus 15.
In January 2014, with no previous experience as a long distance runner, Anna embarked on a 2,000 mile run along New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. Travelling alone for 148 days, she moved through forests, along ridge-lines, over mountain passes, along beaches and across swollen rivers. Running up to 32 miles in a day, she carried all of her belongings in a backpack that was often as heavy at 20kgs. At night, she slept wild in her tent or in back country shelters. By June 2014 she had become the first person, male or female,
to run then length of the country entirely unsupported.

These adventures are just two of the many Anna McNuff draws upon in her talks:

One of the most inspiring modern female adventurers. -  The Guardian

In the same way Jamie Oliver has a kind of innate and interminable positivity that makes cooking and food seem like the best thing ever, adventurer Anna McNuff manages to do that about life. - Emerald Street

You are an incredibly talented speaker – full of guts, energy, determination, stamina and vision. Without the use of any visual aids, you told your story with great humour. You placed us right in the heart of the action, and as a result encouraged each and every one of us to try new things and push ourselves more. Personally, as your shadow for the evening, it was great to see how well you interacted with everyone in the room – they adored you. We can’t wait to hear what you get up to next!  - Barclays  

Just to say a huge thank you for your talk yesterday. I have had multiple athletes and staff approach and thank me for arranging your visit. They all said how inspiring, motivating and positive you are, and how useful they found the talk for their own journey on the road to the Olympics.  You made a huge impact in such a short space of time! - English Institute of Sport and the GB Archery Team 

It really felt like we experienced the journey with Anna. Her passion for pursuing a life beyond the norm, and her drive to encourage others to do the same shone through from start to finish. She delivered a truly memorable presentation and I would welcome her back to speak at future events in a heartbeat.   – Cancer Research UK

To be on stage in front of 700 people is one thing. To hold court, field questions from the crowd and conduct fascinating and insightful interviews with fellow adventurers is entirely another. Congratulations on hosting the best female adventure panel I’ve had the pleasure to watch. More time next year please – 30 minutes is not enough! – The Adventure Travel Show, Olympia, London

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