“In 2006 I thought any ambitions I had to compete for my country in the Winter Games had been shattered along with my spine.”
That’s how Anna Turney sums up her life-changing accident which happened during a snowboarding training run in Yamagata, Japan. Anna was 26 at the time and one of the UK’s leading young snowboarders but her accident seemed to have put an end to her winter sports career.
Whilst still reeling from the consequences of her accident, however, Anna met World Champion and Paralympic monoskier, Stacey Kohut. His romantic description of the sport resonated with Anna, and from that point on, her Paralympic ambitions were set. Anna recognised that there was a whole new world of opportunities out there to be seized.
Back in the UK, Anna spent time rehabilitating at Stoke Mandeville, but it wasn’t long before she was back out on the slopes, learning a new way to compete. Anna recalls, ‘It was incredibly liberating to be back on snow, fully mobile and on a level plain with able-bodied skiers, I even hit some jumps and rode through the 17ft pipe. Awesome!’
4 short years after her accident, Anna competed in the Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Anna represented Great Britain once again at Sochi in 2014, finishing 4th in the Super-G.
In addition to her training and competing, Anna has undertaken lots of inspirational speaking and does a lot of work in schools. She has an incredible story to tell, and people who hear it, are touched by the way she has dealt with the accident and has set out to compete at the highest level.
An engaging and intelligent speaker, Anna has undertaken assignments at a wide range of events and is constantly in demand.
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I really hope our paths cross again in the future as would love to hear more.”- Kelly Jones from The TG