Anna Turney is a British alpine skier who has competed in two Winter Paralympic game and is available as a motivational speaker through Champions.
Born in Northampton, Anna was one of the UK’s leading young snowboarders, but in 2006, she found her world turned upside down when she suffered an accident during a training run in Japan. The incident left her paralysed from the waist down. For Anna, she just wanted to compete in the Winter Games; that was her dream, her passion, her goal. Can you imagine having your dream taken away from you?
Well, Anna didn’t give up on her dreams. After spending a long five weeks in a Japanese hospital, she returned to Britain and instantly began a rehabilitation course. It was here that she met physiotherapist Peter Walford and everything changed. He helped to strengthen her body, spirit, and mind after her incredibly life-changing setback. Peter also won her heart and encouraged her not to give up on her dreams, no matter how far away and impossible they may have seemed in her mind.
During the following year, she took up monoskiing and in 2007 after countless hours of rehabilitation and hard work she was accepted into the British Disabled Ski Team. Her lifetime dream of competing on the snow wasn’t over and within a year, she made her first appearance for the British team at the NORAM races in Canada.
Anna wouldn’t give up on her dreams; she went on to compete at the highest levels of the sport competing in many races throughout the years. Anna would go on to represent her country when she appeared in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, and just to cap off her fairytale story; she tied the knot with Peter.
A tale that will move any audience, there are few stories more heart-warming and inspiring than that of Anna Turley. People who hear what she has to say are touched by the way she has overcome adversity and tragedy to find success and love. A phenomenal motivational speaker and a true inspiration for anyone.
To book Olympian skier, Anna Turley for your event as a motivational speaker contact the Champions Speakers agency by either filling out our online booking form or calling us on +44 1509 85 29 27.