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Annabel "Annie" Morwenna Vernon (born 1 September 1982 in Truro, Cornwall) is a retired British rower.

Annabel Vernon
Personal information
Born1 September 1982 (1982-09) (age 37)
Truro, Cornwall, England

She was educated at St Minver Primary School then Wadebridge School,[1] Downing College, Cambridge and King's College London (MA International Relations).

Annie started rowing at Castle Dore Rowing Club at Golant in Cornwall when she was 17; influenced by her elder brother and father. She read History at Downing College, Cambridge where she rowed in the women's Blue Boat in 2003,[2] under the presidency of Ruth de Las Casas. She was a member of Rob Roy Boat Club while in Cambridge, then represented Thames Rowing Club and now rows under Marlow Rowing Club colours.

Her blades for her training scull are painted to represent Saint Piran's Flag and she carried the Cornish flag onto the podium.[citation needed]

She represented Great Britain in the Women's Quadruple Sculls at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning a silver medal.[3] She was selected to row in the women's eight at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[4] The crew reached the A Final of the event, in which it finished fifth.[3]

After retiring from active competition she embarked on a journalistic, media and speaking events career.

In 2019 she published her first book, Mind Games[5], with Bloomsbury Publishing, which looks at the psychology of elite sport through a mixture of academic theories and interviews with Olympians and other professional sports people including Chrissie Wellington and Matthew Pincent.


  • Bronze medal in the pair at the World U23 Championships in Poznań.
  • Sixth in the women's single at the 2006 GB Senior Selection Trials in Belgium.

World Championships 2005Edit

  • Ninth in the single scull.

2006 World Cup SeriesEdit

World Championships 2006Edit

  • Fourth in the Double Scull.

World Championships 2007Edit

  • Gold in the Quad Scull

Beijing Olympics 2008Edit

  • Silver in the Quad Scull.

World Championships 2009Edit

  • Silver in the Double Scull

World Championships 2010Edit

  • Gold in the Quad Scull


  1. ^ "Annabel Vernon". Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Annabel Vernon". Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Annie Vernon". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  4. ^ "London 2012: Great Britain name powerful rowing squad". Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  5. ^ Retrieved 14 April 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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