Annie started rowing aged 17 in rural Cornwall and continued at Cambridge University, after which she went straight into the senior rowing team.

Once Annie started rowing, she realised straight away that this was the sport for her: a displine that rewards hard work and perseverance and it also tests you in so many different ways. Physically it’s incredibly demanding and technically it’s very difficult and it also really challenges your ability to work with others and get the most out of them. Annie loved working on the psychology of her sport and found it incredibly rewarding to get the mental side right.

Annie’s rowing career having ended, she’s passionate about using the skills she built up and the lessons she learned to empower others in their own lives; whether young or old and whatever challenges they face. After both her Olympics Annie visited a huge number of schools around Cornwall, which is where she grew up. Annie visited around 50 in total (including two schools for disabled children) and have maintained longer term links with a few, which ignited her passion for working with young people. 

Now as a retired athlete, Annie’s moving into writing, speaking and coaching.

Giving Back

Annie joined the Trust in January 2015 and since then has led several Get On Tracks, including an all-female programme in August 2016. She joined partly to develop new skills and partly to give back to society.

Competitive Record

2012 - Olympic Games (5th)

2011 - World Championships (7th)

2010 - World Championships (gold)

2009 - World Championships (silver)

2008 - Olympic Games (silver)

2007 - World Championships (gold)

2006 - World Championships (4th)

2005 - World Championships (9th)

2006 - World Cup Series winner (and '07, '08, '09, '10)