GUEST SPEAKER: ANNE USHER (nee Dickins)
Anne Dickins struck gold on her Paralympic debut when she triumphed in the women's KL3 event. She seized victory from Australia’s Amanda Reynolds by just 0.03 seconds and achieved a personal best of 51.348.
Before trying the sport at the end of 2012, 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 prevented her from racing her mountain bike, she volunteered at the London 2012 Olympics. A chance meeting there ended up with an invitation to try for GB para-canoe squad selection. She saw her weak leg and seasickness as a challenge, not an obstacle, so accepted the offer and has never looked back.
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. 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 place on Paralympics GB in Rio, where para-canoe made its debut.
Anne is a mum of two children and works as a physiotherapist. She retired from international competition in 2017