Anna is an Olympic bronze medallist and World silver medallist in the double, a former World U23 Champion and a product of GB Rowing’s World Class Start Programme, sponsored by Siemens. In 2009 she raced with 2006 partner Annabel Vernon taking silver at the World Championships in Poznan, 1.6 secs behind Poland and 1.3 secs ahead of the third placed Bulgaria. This followed a gold medal gained at the Banyoles World Cup and a bronze in Munich.
In 2007 Anna won a bronze medal in the double with Elise Laverick at the World Championships in Munich. In the 2008 World Cup Series they raced together again in the double at the second and third regattas placing 5th and winning gold respectively. They were selected in this boat class for Beijing where they finished just two tenths of a second off gold in a dramatic finish to take the Olympic bronze medal behind New Zealand and Germany.
In 2006 she raced in the women’s double with Annabel Vernon, winning a gold at the World Cup in Munich, taking 4th at Poznan and a silver in Lucerne before finishing 4th at the World Championships at Eton, in August 2006.
In 2005 she won a bronze medal with the women’s eight at the Eton World Cup and went on to win bronze in the pair at the World U23 Championships. Following this result she was selected in the eight who finished 5th at the 2005 World Championships in Japan.
Anna attended Westwood High School in Leek but began rowing recreationally at Newham College Cambridge in 2001, aged 18, to get fit. In summer 2003 she joined GB Rowing’s World Class Start Programme, where she was coached by Adrian Cassidy and began to row competitively. Anna set a BUSA (British Universities) record on the ergometer in 2003 and progressed to the GB U23 team in 2004 where she became World U23 Champion with the four before moving to the senior team in 2005.
Anna graduated from Cambridge in the summer of 2005 and moved south to train full time with GB women’s squad. As well as being a talented rower she can also fly a plane and when not rowing she enjoys baking. Her parents have both taken up rowing since Anna’s success in the sport.
Anna is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.