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Anne Dickins MBE

Anne Dickins MBE

Paracanoe - Podium

Anne became Olympic Champion in the KL3 200m at Paracanoe's debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.  Having qualified the Paralympic quota place for GB at the 2015 World Championships, Anne won both KL3 races at the British Canoeing Paralympic selection trials to secure her own nomination for Paralympics GB in Rio.

Anne is the 2016 World Champion in K1 200m KL3, her second world title. She is also the 2015 European Champion, retaining the title since 2013. 

Four years ago Anne had never sat in a canoe and would even go so far as to say she hated boats due to terrible seasickness. But after a back injury preventing her from racing her mountain bike, she volunteered at the London 2012 Olympics. This led to an invitation to try for the British Paracanoe squad. She saw her weak leg and seasickness as a challenge, not an obstacle, so accepted the offer and has never looked back.

Anne hopes her story of hope, belief and achievement inspires others. She believes that ordinary people are able to do extraordinary things; all you need is to want 'it' (a lot), and to surround yourself by positive and talented people, and then anything is possible.

She is a Mum of two children and works as a physiotherapist.


Date of Birth: 20/02/1967
Born: Glasgow
Hometown: Oxted
Lives: Oxted
Occupation: Physiotherapist / Athlete
Height / Weight: 1.72m / 69kg
Hobbies: Mountain biking, photography, travel


Class: Paracanoe – Women’s K1 200m KL3
Disability: Neurological weakness in her right leg following a back injury which required emergency surgery in 2011
Paddling since: 2012
Club: Wey Kayak Club
Coach: John Griffiths
Boat Manufacturer: Plastex
Paddles Manufacturer: Jantex
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2016 Rio:
KL3 200m-1st
K1 200m KL3 - 1st
Nottingham: K1 200m KL3 - 1st
2015 Milan:
K1 200m KL3 – 2nd
K1 200m KL3 – 1st
2014 Moscow:
K1 200m LTA – 1st
K1 200m LTA – 1st
2013 Duisburg:
K1 200m LTA – 2nd
K1 200m LTA – 1st