Annie is an engaging and captivating speaker, able to show the humorous side of what life is like when you are an elite Olympian and have chosen to do sports for a living. She can also share her story of an eight-year rowing career that encompassed the full roller-coaster of highs and lows – most notably when her four man crew were overtaken in the final hundred metres of their Olympic final in Beijing, and television pictures showed every detail of their grief on the podium as they received their silver medals.

Annie was a speaker at the TEDx Cambridge University event in March 2019. Watch her speech here where she investigates whether competition, and competitiveness, gets the most out of us as humans – or whether it brings out our dark side.

TEDx Cambridge University

Annie spent most of her rowing career trying to work out exactly why she put herself through the gruelling training regime that championship sport demands, and it was this desire to find out her ‘why’ that will enable you to get a unique insight into the ingredients required to achieve award-winning performances.

Motivational and Team building events

Annie Vernon has benefited from years of specialist elite sports training. There is much to learn from a day in the life of a professional sportswomen, including the importance of training and practice, as well as how to get results through team work. Annie has acquired a wealth of knowledge during her rowing career on how to keep herself focused on both Olympian and personal goals, as well as how not to give up in the face of adversity, both physically and psychologically.

Charitable and Educational activities

Whether it be through raising awareness, being an ambassador, fundraising, giving talks and presenting awards on her Olympian experiences, Annie is passionate about her involvement in good causes and is always keen to inspire. Annie feels strongly about using her Olympian experiences to help teach others invaluable life skills. Annie is an Ambassador for the Dame Kelly Homes Trust which sees Annie using her skills and experience to empower and improve young people’s lives.

After each Olympic event Annie visited 50 schools around her home town of Cornwall, engaging pupils with her Olympic journey and sharing lessons learned with the aim of imparting information which hopefully supports them in achieving their goals and overcoming challenges they may face.

Recently Annie worked with the global disaster relief charity ShelterBox, of which she is a patron, to organise the Cornish Rowing Challenge, bringing together Olympic rowers with Cornish pilot gig rowers. The event was a tremendous success, with thousands of spectators coming down to the tiny Cornish fishing village of St Mawes, and raising money for ShelterBox.

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