Anna regularly speaks to audiences both in the UK and overseas and has spoken at the Seven Seas Club in Whitehall, CIBC Markets, Pfizer’s UK headquarters, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference and a wide range of other corporate and educational institutions.
To swim through pain and fear, Anna recites Muhammad Ali’s words: ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ Anna has a natural ability to engage with people from all backgrounds, and her message that anything is possible if you set your mind on it and work hard at it has a powerful impact. Anna is an inspiring role model and delivers her presentations with passion, energy and humour.
Anna speaks from the perspective as someone who struggled with sport at school, Anna took up swimming when she was 31 after reading about a Channel swim in a newspaper and set her sights on the same challenge. She taught herself front crawl at her local pool, and made her first Channel attempt the following year. She was pulled out after 14 and a half hours, a couple of miles from the French coast, and was hospitalised with hypothermia, shock and exhaustion.
She explains how after a year out of the water, she returned to face her demons two years later and made it to France in 21 hours and 20 minutes despite getting badly stung by jellyfish and swimming through dense fog and pitch darkness. She was awarded the Channel Swimming Association’s Greatest Feat of Endurance Trophy for the crossing.
After completing a 60-mile non-stop swim around the Isle of Wight in 26 hours and 33 minutes she was named Inspirational Woman of the Year 2013 in the Johnston Press South Awards ‘in recognition of her incredible swimming achievements and outstanding efforts raising money for charity’.
Anna has raised in excess of £60,000 for good causes through her swims including over £16,000 for the Samaritans in memory of her dad, who she lost to suicide when she was nine.
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