Anna Hemmings Speaker

Anna Hemmings

Britain’s most successful ever female kayaker, a 2 time Olympian and 6 times World Champion

Anna Hemmings: Biography highlights

Anna inspires audiences with anecdotes from the World Championship and Olympic Games; hers is really a tale of triumph over adversity.

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Full biography of Anna Hemmings

Who is Anna Hemmings?

Anna achieved this success against all the odds. She was told by the British head coach that she was not big enough or strong enough to be a great kayaker. She proved him wrong. At the peak of her career, Anna was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and was told by medical experts she might never race again. She battled her way to full recovery and went on to win a further 3 world titles and compete at her second Olympic Games in Beijing 2008.

To be a world Champion in sport gives that person a unique perspective on the difference between being a winner versus just being a competitor. Anna has been a world championship winner 6 times and knows the secrets to success.

Anna is an expert in the field of developing high performance and resilience to achieve outstanding results. She is now an Executive coach and founded Beyond the Barriers – a high performance training consultancy which works with business leaders and teams both at a local and global level.

Anna has translated her experience as a top athlete into practical tools and strategies to help business people deliver world class performance and thrive under pressure. Today, as we all live through the Covid 19 disruption and continuing demands on individuals and teams, Anna’s approach has been particularly valued by her clients.

Anna’s unique combination of experience in elite sport combined with 12 years leading a successful business and working alongside senior leaders, gives her a broad understanding of the challenges that leaders and teams face and how to overcome them to deliver outstanding results. Whether its building confidence, engaging teams or developing resilient leaders, she is passionate about helping others succeed at the highest level. Her most popular speeches are: ‘Staying Ahead of the Game – the Resilient Leader’s toolkit’, ‘Success in the face of adversity’ and ‘Getting the Competitive Edge’

Anna’s speeches and masterclasses have been enjoyed and valued by senior leaders through to middle managers across different industries from banking and telecoms, to healthcare and retail. These global brands have trusted Anna to inspire their people to achieve more: IBM, Unilever, Vodafone, Balfour Beatty, UCB Pharmaceuticals, British Airways, Deloitte LLP, RBS and many more.

Key insights from Anna’s engaging and thought provoking speeches are brought to life through entertaining anecdotes from her journey in sport and business. She has a proven track record as an accomplished, inspiring and yet humble speaker. Anna will ensure she understands the audience, the company and their industry along with the specific objectives of the event to deliver a tailor-made presentation for each client.

Anna’s sporting achievements were recognised at the Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year Awards, where she won the 2005 Champions Award and then again in 2007 when she was voted BBC London Sports Personality of the Year.

Anna Hemmings will support you on your journey to high performance with speeches, masterclasses and 1:1 coaching.



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After Dinner Engagement
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Anna Hemmings MBE - National Sales Conference 2019
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Hitachi ABB Power Grids

“Thanks so much for inspiring us all today. It was one of the best motivational talks translating high performance in sports into the business world that I’ve heard. We are all going into the weekend with many wonderful insights and a spring in our steps”

Emma Whitaker
Communications Director

Anna is a very positive, entertaining and intelligent speaker who can act as a real inspiration'

John Inverdale
BBC Sports Correspondent

Thank you Anna for the wonderful talk! It was the PERFECT set up for our day 3 and super inspiring!!!

Veronica Caselli
Global Grooming Sustainability Director
Sony PSE

'Anna presented to an international audience of 250 Sony staff. She is a brilliant speaker - the audience was completely engaged, inspired and motivated - I was spellbound and the feedback was the best I've ever had.'

Naomi Climer
Vice President

'Anna's session yesterday was fantastic and very inspirational. We have received excellent feedback from staff across our locations. Anna had the audience captivated, linked everything she learnt in sport into the business world which was great.'

Avril Jenkins
Risk Function
Balfour Beatty

'I heard Anna speak at another event and was very impressed and booked Anna for our internal staff conference. She shows great warmth and energy throughout her speech and her commitment to engage with the organising committee and attendees of the event before, during and after to ensure that the messages were relevant and meaningful to the conference. Anna's story is a great motivational speech in itself for any business event but is well suited to leadership development. I would definitely recommend Anna for corporate events.'

Andy Smith
Operations Director
Canon USA

'Excellent! Anna was able to take examples from the very competitive world of sport and use them as great tools that could be applied to both business and personal endeavours'

Mary Kay Galvin
Assistant Director

'Anna did a fantastic job of bringing to life how the lessons learnt as an elite athlete can be transferred into the work place to help cope with the constant pressure and change we face - there was a real buzz in the room after her presentation and feedback has been excellent, with several people asking to contact Anna directly to thank her for such an inspirational presentation.'

Phil Boas
Head of Sponsorship & Events
Procter & Gamble

Thank you once again, I absolutely loved your session. It was just perfect both in content and delivery!

Sasha Efimenko
Europe Grooming and Braun & Venus BFOs HR Leader
British Airways

'Anna was a joy to listen to, her top tips for 'getting the competitive edge', learned from a career in sport, are practical, relevant and directly applicable to any business.'

Anna Achene
Revenue Planning Manager
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN)

'Thank you very much for your fantastic talk at the ENA SHE conference. We have never had a guest speaker who has made their speech so relevant to the rest of the content of the day. Usually we just get their story and the conference attendees do not always join up the dots. We have received some excellent feedback.'

Andrew Roper
Distribution System Operations Director

Well... where do I start? Anna is exceptional. She is the epitome of professionalism, backed by incredible content, all of which is based on evidential success... plus she communicates with both passion and sincerity. Anna clearly really cares about success for everyone and her story of resilience comes from the heart because she's been through hell and won many times over. If you are fortunate enough to cross paths with Anna, hear her speak or learn from Anna, you'll definitely be energised, inspired and will start pursuing a bigger dream.

James Vincent
UK Performance Director

Thanks a lot, Anna, we all found your talk extremely valuable and insightful and engaging, and we got great feedback from our markets and senior leaders too!

Veronica Caselli
Global Grooming Sustainability Director

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