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Anna Hemmings MBE – 2 x Olympian and 6 x World Champion, Inspirational and motivational speaker

Anna Hemmings MBE is best known as Britain's most successful female marathon kayaker, a 2 time Olympian and 6 times World Champion. Anna has since founded Beyond the Barriers, a leading high performance training consultancy; drawing on the lessons from sport she helps individuals and teams stay on top of their game by developing the winning mindset.

Anna Hemmings continues to inspire audiences with anecdotes from the World Championship and Olympic Games; hers is really a tale of triumph over adversity... In April 2003 Anna was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and told by medical experts she might never race again. But Anna battled her way to full recovery and between 2005 and 2007 she went on to win three world titles in a row and compete at her second Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Anna has a staggering eleven World and European Championship medals. 

Key speaking topics include

Performing under pressure and mental toughness

Developing resilience and dealing with adversity

Building and Sustaining high performance

High Performing teams

Motivation, vision and Goals

Managing change and uncertainty 

Energy Management

Anna Hemmings MBE – 2 x Olympian and 6 x World Champion,Inspirational and motivational speaker

Anna Hemmings MBE – 2 x Olympian and 6 x World Champion, Inspirational and motivational speaker

Anna Hemmings MBE is best known as Britain’s most successful female marathon kayaker, a 2 time Olympian and 6 times World Champion. Anna has since founded Beyond the Barriers, a leading high performance training consultancy; drawing on the lessons from sport she helps individuals and teams stay on top of their game by developing the winning mindset.

Anna Hemmings continues to inspire audiences with anecdotes from the World Championship and Olympic Games; hers is really a tale of triumph over adversity... In April 2003 Anna was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and told by medical experts she might never race again. But Anna battled her way to full recovery and between 2005 and 2007 she went on to win three world titles in a row and compete at her second Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Anna has a staggering eleven World and European Championship medals. 

Anna’s 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.  She was then awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year’s honours list for her services to sport. 

Anna Hemmings has a proven track record as an accomplished, entertaining and humble speaker. Her fascinating journey has been enjoyed by thousands across different industries from banking and telecoms, to healthcare and retail.  

Anna Hemmings shares the insights and strategies that helped her reach the highest level, deal with adversity and return to the pinnacle of her sport again.

If you want a speaker who motivates, captivates and engages then Anna Hemmings is your lady. Her inspirational story makes audiences walk away feeling energised with a renewed desire to improve, teams want to connect and collaborate and leaders want to challenge and engage. 

A keynote speech tailored and made specific for you

Anna Hemmings  makes sure that she has a clear understanding of the audience, the company and their industry; ensuring that each speech is designed and made specific for the client. Anna’s story translates well into every arena because she has the ability to interact with a wide range of individuals and inspire all types of audiences. 

Anna Hemmings  has a high level of presenting experience having worked as a commentator for BBC 5 live at the London 2012 Olympic Games and for EuroSport for the Kayaking World Championships for 4 years. 

Key themes in Anna’ Hemmings's inspirational speeches:

Performance under pressure and mental toughness

Developing resilience and dealing with adversity

Building and Sustaining high performance

High Performing teams

Motivation, vision and Goals

Managing change and uncertainty 

Energy Management

Anna Hemmings MBE – 2 x Olympian and 6 x World Champion,Inspirational and motivational speaker

“Anna Hemmings 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. The feedback was the best I’ve ever had. Anna has the ability to tell a great story whilst making useful connections to personal and business issues.” 

Naomi Climer, Vice President, Sony PSE

Anna Hemmimgs'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. The session has definitely made our staff more determined to succeed.” 

Avril Jenkins, Risk Function, RBS

Anna Hemmings 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. This sort of response is not easy to get from a room full of marketing professionals!”

 Phil Boas, Head of Sponsorship & Events, E.ON UK

Anna Hemmings made great links between applying a successful approach in sport to achieving excellence in business. Her speech was very clear and concise and the use of video to raise suspense was fantastic, and having the medals on show afterwards was also very impactful. I personally thought it was top class and the feedback from the group reflected that too.”

Ann Halloran, Talent & Organisation Consultant UK & Ireland, Abbott Laboratories

“Anna Hemmings was absolutely fabulous. One of the best speakers I have seen in a long time.  She presented for 50 minutes which captivated and inspired the young ladies in my school community. I was delighted by her performance.” 

Ciara Warnock, Head Mistress St Ursula’s School

“Anna Hemmings exceeded all our expectations - the girls and parents were in awe! Her talk was very inspiring and I have received nothing but positive feedback from parents, pupils and staff. I was particularly pleased that Anna stayed on after the event to talk to the girls, as they were keen to meet her.”

Zelma Braganza, Head Mistress, St Catherine’s School 

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