Annie Vernon

YST Annie Vernon


Annie discovered rowing as a typical sport-mad teenager in Cornwall, and at university this hobby became a passion. After graduating, she rose into the ranks of the British Rowing Team. Despite being one of the smaller rowers, she became a world champion in 2007 before preparing for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where her crew attempted to be the first British women’s rowing team to win Olympic gold. 

Leading until the final hundred metres, they were overhauled by the Chinese crew and finished second. Their tears and grief on the podium led to some tough questions when they returned – not least of all: “how can you be so dissatisfied with an Olympic silver medal?” The devastation of failing to achieve what the team were capable of forced Annie to re-examine her values and approach. She returned for the build-up to the London Olympics with the newfound goal of simply creating a perfect team performance. This clicked into place two years later when she was crowned world champion for the second time with a stunning race. Following the 2010 victory, Annie became hit by repeated illness and injury, but she battled back to win a seat in the women’s eight for the 2012 London Olympics, finishing fifth.

Sporting Achievements:

  • Olympian
  • Olympic Silver Medallist
  • World Championships Gold Medallist.