Anna Watkins | Speaker | Olympian
Olympic gold medallist and record holder in the women’s Double Scull at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Anna is an experienced public speaker, having worked with a wide range of companies.
She is uniquely able to combine her scientific background with her elite sport experience to draw out meaningful insights into the secrets of success. More than just a motivational story, Anna's clear and honest analysis of the planning, leadership and teamwork that went into the race has a raw relevance for business today.
"...bang on message, engaging and really thought provoking... "
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Anna was introduced to rowing whilst studying at Cambridge University and competed in a number of disciplines including the coxless fours and the single and double scull.
In 2004 she had her first taste of gold in winning the coxless four race at the under 23 World Championships in Poland, from then on in she cemented her position in the Great Britain Olympic team resulting in a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and gold at London 2012.
In 2010 Anna forged a formidable partnership with Katherine Grainger in the double scull and to this day are undefeated as a pair. Anna and Katherine had a storming 2010, going undefeated and winning gold at the World Championships in New Zealand, a feat which they repeated the following year. Incredibly the pair have won gold in every World Cup regatta they have entered.
Away from the water Anna is a confident, well-spoken and multi-talented individual who is working towards a PhD in Mathematics. Anna is an accustomed public speaker, having spoken at establishments such as Cambridge and Reading Universities, Visa, Scottish Widows, The Sunday Times and many more.
She has also appeared on Newsnight, Women’s Hour and A Question of Sport.
Anna is an ideal role model for any aspiring athlete and a premier ambassador for Great Britain as well as any brand.
Anna's speeches can focus on:
- Approaches to leadership: no compromise, or flexibility
- The use of data in progressing performance
- Planning for success
- The perfect team
- A way to win for women