Anna Hemmings MBE Marathon Kayaker Resilience Speaker
Anna Hemmings MBE

Anna Hemmings MBE

Olympian & 6 x World Champion - Infusing the Business World with the Secrets of Sporting Success

Anna Hemmings is Britain’s most successful female marathon kayaker with a staggering eleven World and European Championship medals, 9 of them gold.  By the age of 24 she had been World Champion 3 times and competed at the Olympic Games.  In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for her services to sport.

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. Anna has become an expert in the field of resilience and high performance. She is now an Executive coach and founded Beyond the Barriers high performance training consultancy and works globally with leaders and teams giving them practical tools and strategies to enable them to thrive under pressure, build resilience, be mentally tough in challenging environments and deliver world class performance.

To learn more about Anna, listen to her podcast here

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’, ‘Winning against all odds’ 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 humble speaker. She makes sure that she has a clear understanding of the audience, the company and their industry; ensuring that each presentation is relevant and designed specifically for the 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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Staying Ahead of the Game – the Resilient Leader’s Toolkit

The businesses who survive and thrive through periods of adversity and rapid change are the ones who have resilient leaders who drive them forward. Resilient leaders are more effective under pressure, change attitudes to risk and create opportunities for growth. Anna will explore the Resilient Leaders Elements model to reveal the behaviours and strategies that leaders need to deliver outstanding results.

Anna will explore how to:
• Handle pressure and make great decisions
• Create clarity of direction and a unifying purpose
• Develop leadership presence
• Engage and motivate teams

Winning Against All Odds

Resilience is essential if you are to thrive rather than simply survive in this challenging and uncertain climate. It’s what gives you the capacity to deal with the pressure and stresses of high performance. While we can’t change our external environment, we can train ourselves to develop a resilient mindset and build our capacity to excel in the most difficult circumstances.

Using anecdotes from her journey in sport and business Anna will explore how to:
• Build resilience and overcome adversity
• Perform under pressure
• Go from destructive to supportive thinking
• Manage perspective and focus of attention

Getting the competitive Edge

Exceptional individuals are not born they are made. Anna’s mission is to provide clients with the key skills and mindset required to succeed at the highest level. She shares simple, practical and powerful tools to help others perform at their best.

Using anecdotes from her journey in sport and business Anna will explore how to:
• Reach the highest level, sustain it and keep pushing boundaries
• Develop the winning mindset
• Discover key motivational drivers
• Use the power of a vision and goal setting

Anna’s top tips for ‘Getting the Competitive Edge’, learned from a career in sport, are practical, relevant and directly applicable to any business. The Lego models are brightening up our office and are a great reminder of the personal and team learnings and commitments that we made to enable us to meet the challenges that 2020 holds.

British Airways

We were looking for an event to showcase resilience and to give an empowering message to our employees – Anna’s virtual session wholeheartedly fulfilled this purpose. She shared her inspiring journey and brought a number of skills based techniques and solutions to dealing with challenges and building resilience. This combination made the presentation highly engaging, meaningful and motivational!

Deloitte LLP

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.


Anna was a truly inspiring speaker with an excellent story to tell, drawn from her experience as an elite athlete. I made copious notes and I’m looking forward to implementing the pearls of wisdom now!

Berkeley London

Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £7k to £15k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

Travels From

  • United Kingdom



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