Annie Vernon


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Our guest this episode is Annie Vernon, Olympic silver medallist and a two time world champion rower. Her book analysing the psychology of professional sport won the British Sports Book Awards in 2020.

Now retired from rowing, the Cambridge alumni juggles the responsibilities of working in marketing and communications for LAPS, an organisation that connects ex-athletes with support and employers with being an accomplished corporate speaker, journalist, and writer.

During the show, Annie discusses her journey in elite sport, winning an Olympic medal, competing in a home Games and the process behind her award winning book “Mind Games”.


If you want to be as good as you can be, you’ve got to commit to it.


This is the problem with sport, going from amateur to professional. If you want to work or study, it’s virtually impossible because you just don’t have the time or energy outside of training.


It doesn’t matter where I finish. It doesn’t matter where everyone else finishes.


You have to make your own mistakes. But when you’re young, you don’t always listen to other people, because you think that you’re always right.


I think I didn’t really take enough time to just enjoy the stuff we were doing enough.

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