Anna Watkins MBE is double Olympic medallist and two-times World Champion in the women’s double scull.
Anna was brought up in Leek, Staffordshire, and now lives in Berkshire.
Anna has always been highly motivated, state educated and from a modest background, she went on to study Natural Sciences at Newnham College Cambridge.
Whilst at Cambridge, she found rowing and competed in all rowing disciplines, but concentrated on the double scull.
In 2004 she had her first taste of gold by winning the U23 World Championships and from then on cemented herself within the GB Olympic team.
At the Beijing Olympics she won her first Olympic medal with Elise Laverick in a dramatic race.
A three boat dash for the line resulted in a photo finish, and Anna took the bronze just 0.3s behind the gold. This at the time was the closest any British woman had got to a rowing Olympic gold medal.
Anna Watkins went on to forge a formidable partnership with Katherine Grainger in the double scull.
Anna and Katherine had a storming 2010 culminating in winning Gold at the World Championships in New Zealand.
This was repeated in 2011 despite spending the majority of the season battling with a back injury and then contracting norovirus during the World Championship regatta.
After winning gold at all three World Cup regattas, Anna and Katherine were crowned as Olympic champions at the London 2012 games at Eton Dorney as they finished two seconds clear of Australia.
Anna and Katherine were named World Rowing Crew of the Year as well as Sunday Times Sports Team of the Year.
Away from the water Anna Watkins is a confident, well-spoken and multi-talented individual who combines her training with a PhD in Mathematics.
She enjoys sharing her experiences through public speaking and has her own unique perspective on what it takes to succeed.