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Anna McNuff - Motivational Speaker
Motivational Women Speakers, Adventurers and Explorers
Anna McNuff is an endurance athlete, adventurer and motivational speaker. The daughter of two Olympians she was raised in a family where the pursuit of physical and mental excellence was encouraged. Through her teens she represented Surrey county in Athletics, Football, and Judo - before turning her hand to the sport of rowing, where she went on to represent Great Britain. During her time in the Great Britain squad, Anna became a World University Champion in 2006, and won a Bronze medal at the 2007 European Championships.
Always pushing herself to the limit, at age 23 Anna tore a hole in one of the muscles surrounding her lungs - a training related injury that brought about the difficult decision to retire from rowing, and to let go of her dream of becoming an Olympian herself.
Embarking on a new life as a corporate marketeer, Anna then began darting around the world on the hunt for new and exciting endurance adventure challenges.
Now a full time adventurer, The Guardian have named Anna as one of the top female adventurers of our time. She is also one of The Discovery Channel’s ‘Make Your World Bigger’ Champions, and has been named by the Lord Mayor as the City of London’s top 50 most inspiring people.
In 2013 she cycled 11,000 miles through every state of the USA. Pedalling up to 130 miles a day for 6 months, solo and unsupported, she encountered blizzards, floods and temperatures as low at minus 15.
In January 2015, with no previous experience as a long distance runner, Anna embarked on a 2,000 mile run along New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. Travelling alone for 148 days, and running up to 32 miles in a day, she carried all of her belongings in a backpack that was often as heavy at 20kgs. At night, she slept wild in her tent or in back country shelters. By June 2015 she had become the first person, male or female, to run then length of the country entirely unsupported.
Anna's high energy talks are life lessons from the road, told with raw honesty, humour and passion. From sitting on an International Regatta start line in Great Britain colours, to finding herself deep in the New Zealand bush alone and injured, she has learnt a great deal about personal limits in the past 15 years.
Her story offers a rare combination of experience as an elite athlete, part of a high-performing team and of solo, self-driven challenges. She advocates a willingness to embrace the many obstacles that litter the road to success, and to view each one as an opportunity to learn and to grow. A firm believer of the ability to ‘choose your attitude’, she uses powerful real life examples to help organisations transform project road blocks into opportunities to move in new directions.
Above all, Anna has a genuine belief in the limitless potential of every individual. She helps audience members to understand and value their individual contribution to the team, and to find the confidence to push the boundaries of their capability.
"Just to say a huge thank you for your talk yesterday. I have had multiple athletes and staff approach and thank me for arranging your visit. They all said how inspiring, motivating and positive you are, and how useful they found the talk for their own journey on the road to the Olympics. You made a huge impact in such a short space of time!" English Institute of Sport and the GB Archery Team
"It really felt like we experienced the journey with Anna. Her passion for pursuing a life beyond the norm, and her drive to encourage others to do the same shone through from start to finish. She delivered a truly memorable presentation and I would welcome her back to speak at future events in a heartbeat." Cancer Research UK
“You are an incredibly talented speaker - full of guts, energy, determination, stamina and vision. Without the use of any visual aids, you told your story with great humour. You placed us right in the heart of the action, and as a result encouraged each and every one of us to try new things and push ourselves more. Personally, as your shadow for the evening, it was great to see how well you interacted with all of the club members - they adored you. We can’t wait to hear what you get up to next!” Barclays
"All of those in the room at the Gold Award Presentation raved about you! Having you as a presenter really made all the difference, and made the day extra special. We can’t thank you enough." Duke of Edinburgh presentation, St James' Palace
“In the same way Jamie Oliver has a kind of innate and interminable positivity that makes cooking and food seem like the best thing ever, adventurer Anna McNuff manages to do that about life.” The Stylist
"To be on stage in front of 700 people is one thing. To hold court, field questions from the crowd and conduct fascinating and insightful interviews with fellow adventurers is entirely another. Congratulations on hosting the best female adventure panel I've had the pleasure to watch. More time next year please - 30 minutes is not enough!" The Adventure Travel Show, Olympia, London
"I laughed, I cried, and I left ready to take on the world." Deloitte, Auckland
"I don't think I've ever met a lady with more get up and go in my entire life! What an absolute pleasure to work with, from start to finish." The Telegraph Outdoors Show, London
"We were all thoroughly inspired by your after dinner talk - it was exactly what the team needed after a long day at the conference. You are living proof that if you have the determination you can achieve anything you want to." Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
"You truly are a breed apart, Anna. Thank you for bringing your sunshine to a cold and grey afternoon in Sydney” GPJ marketing, Sydney
"You and your 'pants of perspective' absolutely stole the show tonight. What a performance!" Hope and Homes for Children
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