Anne Dickins MBE
Gold medal sprint canoe Paralympian
Anne Dickins MBE is a Gold medal winning sprint canoe Paralympian. She is also a Physiotherapist.
Anne first sat in a canoe in 2012 aged 45; but went on to win gold for Great Britain at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Since she started competing for Great Britain in 2013, she now holds the world record for 200m flat water sprint and has won two World Championship and three European Championship gold medals. Prior to taking up para-canoeing, she was an able-bodied ultra-endurance mountain biker, which she only took up aged 36 to get fit. Before this, sport was not part of her life and she even admits that she didn't like sport at school!
Her story of getting into sport in the first place, her life changing injury which prevented her from riding a bike, and how she turned her life around to become Paralympic gold medallist in Rio in just 4 years is an incredible tale. It illustrates how by having a growth mindset, resilience and tenacity, change is always possible no matter what challenges are faced.
Anne's journey from a complete novice to Paralympic champion is inspirational and has relevance to people of all ages and from all sectors. She encourages people to believe that they can write their own ‘story’.