Anna Watkins is a London 2012 Olympic champion and double world champion in rowing, and is an extraordinary role model. She is a busy mother who also juggles running a business, studying, sport and charity work. Over a ten year rowing career she has specialised in the double scull, winning world and Olympic medals in the event for six consecutive years. She has competed in two Olympic Games, narrowly missing a gold in Beijing in a dramatic race finish, and then returning in London 2012 to claim the gold alongside Katherine Grainger in front of an ecstatic home crowd. Within the British rowing team Anna was at the forefront, winning national single sculling trials on many occasions and setting national and world records on the indoor rowing machine, at which she is a specialist. She now mentors current team members. A year after the Olympics Anna had her first child, William, and is now enjoying motherhood and working on her fitness and recovery. She ran this year’s London Marathon when he was six months old. She has a varied regime including running, club swimming and the rowing machine. Since the London games Anna has launched a successful career in leadership and team development, and has a growing reputation for running coaching sessions and workshops and delivering many keynote speeches. Her clients include FTSE 100 companies and she works with groups at all levels through to board level. Her themes are individually tailored but include planning, goal setting, dealing with stress, and most particularly the psychology of successful teams. Anna is also a Cambridge science graduate and is currently studying for a PhD in mathematics. Anna is the founding patron of the Women’s Sport Trust and is passionate about encouraging participation in, and enjoyment of, sport for young people and women.
Sunday, 10th August – Sunday, 17th August, 2014