On the track, the numbers alone are staggering – 6 Olympic medals (2 gold) 27 World Championship medals (11 gold), and 8 Commonwealth Games medals (5 gold)! However, what the numbers fail to capture is the essence of Anna off the track, the selfless, inspiring woman who became an official Little Heroes Ambassador in 2010.
In 2008, Anna made a remarkable recovery from a horrific cycling accident that left her with a fractured neck. After rigorous rehabilitation and training, she qualified for the Beijing Olympics later that year where she won the only cycling medal for Australia – a silver in the individual sprint.
Since then Anna has won the Women’s Keirin at the World Track Cycling Championships in Paris, and the Women’s Sprint Gold Medal against arch rival Victoria Pendleton at the 2012 London Olympics. Due to her outstanding accomplishments, Anna was named as the Official Flag Bearer for the Australian Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she won Bronze in the Women’s Keirin. Her success in what would be her final Olympic campaign saw Anna become Australia’s most decorated cyclist in Olympic history, the only woman in the world to medal in all 4 sprint events at the Olympic Games, and the only Australian athlete to medal individually at four consecutive Olympic Games. In August 2014, between Olympic campaigns, Anna raised a remarkable $215,000 when she shaved her head for Little Heroes Foundation live on Adelaide’s Today Tonight at the National Wine Centre.