Anne Dickins

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Gender FEMALE
Occupation PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Introduction My name is Anne and I am an ex GB para canoeist. I am the 2016 paralympic gold medalist. I am also 3xEuropean and 2x World champion I used to be an endurance mountain biker until a back injury in 2011 left me with a permanently weak leg, making it impossible for me to enjoy my bike anymore. I thought this meant the end of sport for me. A chance meeting with a GB para canoe coach at the London 2012 Olympics where we were both working as Gamesmakers led to me being invited to try for GB canoe squad selection. I accepted the offer of learning to kayak well enough to achieve GB squad selection time in just 2 months with enthusiasm. The last 3 1/2 years has been an incredible journey with a very steep learning curve. It was a bold and crazy dream, but powered by hard work, optimism and supported by generous and talented people I blew that original goal clean out of the water! I hope my story has something in it to inspire you. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. All you need is to want 'it' (a lot), surround yourself by positive and talented people and then anything is possible.