Annie is a former Olympic Rower for Great Britain having won Gold at two World Championships and a Silver at the Beijing Olympic Games. Annie retired in 2012 and is now a sports journalist and corporate speaker. Annie has just published her first book called Mind Games, in which she explores the elite mind sharing her own experiences as well as that of a number of athletes and coaches.
With nearly a decade at the top of Britain’s most successful Olympic sport, Annie has a proven track record in the cauldron of seven World Championships and two Olympic Games. A former Olympic rower for Great Britain, Annie was a full time athlete for eight years and in that time won gold at two World Championships and silver at the Beijing Olympics. Annie retired from elite sport in 2012 and is now a sports journalist and corporate speaker.
Back in 2017, Annie was part of our first FCN Training Day in partnership with Sport and Beyond – a day which allowed all who attended the chance to learn about their own personalities and learned a number actions to take away to develop their own confidence in coaching.
More recently, Annie has published her first book, Mind Games, in which she explores the elite mind sharing with us her own personal experiences of competing in elite sport, along with a number of interviews with fellow Olympians and coaches throughout the book.
About ‘Mind Games’:
It’s well known that to reach the top in elite sport, you need to have spent years honing and perfecting your physical ability. However this is only part of the template required to win – the other half is about mind games.
Throughout her career as one of the world’s top athletes, Annie Vernon struggled with existential questions about the purpose of sport in our comfortable, first-world society: Why do we do it? What is it in our psyche that makes us push ourselves to the limit? What allows us to mentally overcome the physical pain?
Now retired from competition, Olympic silver medallist and world champion rower Annie Vernon has decided to look for answers to these questions. Drawing on her personal experiences and interviews with some of the best coaches, athletes and psychologists from across the world of sport – including Lucy Gossage, Dave Scott, Katherine Grainger, Matthew Pinsent, Brian Moore, Brian Ching and Dr Steve Peters – Annie discovers the secrets of how athletes train their brains in order to become world beaters.
Annie debunks the myth that elite performers are universally cool, calm and brimming with self-assurance. Through exploring the bits on the inside that nobody can see, Annie instead creates a new understanding of what it takes to be successful in sport and uncovers that, in fact, an elite athlete is not that different from you and me. It’s simply a question of mind games.
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