Annabel became World Champion in the women’s quad in 2007 in an exceptional performance making her the first GB Rowing World Class Start rower to win a senior world medal. She won silver in the quad in Beijing in 2008, having led the final for the first 1500 metres it was agonising for the crew and GB supporters to be overhauled by an exceptional Chinese crew in the final metres of the race.
Annabel started rowing at Castle Dore Rowing Club in Cornwall when she was 17, inspired by her father who had also rowed. She went to Cambridge University where she rowed in the women’s Blue Boat in 2003, but the secret of her progress was in joining GB Rowing’s World Class Start Programme, sponsored by Siemens, in 2002. Based in Cambridge and coached by Adrian Cassidy she learnt to scull and began to show in the GB Rowing U23 testing.
She gained her first GB vest in 2004 when she won a bronze medal in the pair at the World U23 Championships in Poznan. She joined the senior national squad in 2005 and finished 7th in the GB Rowing Senior Trials.
After finishing 4th in the double scull at the Eton World Cup in May she substituted for an injured Rebecca Romero in the women’s quad at Lucerne, winning a silver medal. At the 2005 World Championships, during which she raced on her birthday, Annabel competed in the single scull and finished 9th overall.
The 2006 World Cup Series brought a gold in Munich, 4th place in Poznan and a silver in Lucerne. At the World Championships at Eton, in August 2006, she was 4th in the women’s double – all with Anna Bebington.
Annabel is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.