Olympic and World Champion Rower Visits Penryn College

06 May 2021

Olympic silver medalist and two-time World Champion British rower, Annie Vernon, paid a very special and inspiring visit to Penryn College on Wednesday morning.

Truro-born Annie, who won a sliver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, spoke to students about the importance of sport, the valuable life lessons it can teach you, and how simply ‘being good’ at a particular sport is not enough in order to be a successful sportsperson.

The 2007 and 2010 World Championship gold medalist highlighted how certain qualities, including resilience and dedication, are required to be a successful sportsperson. Annie also provided an insight into her Olympic and World Championship success – noting teamwork, communication and leadership as some of the most important traits to possess.

Indeed, as part of the school’s Healthy Lifestyle Festivals – which provide students with an opportunity to experience alternative sports – the 38-year-old’s visit played a big part in preparing the Year 7 Lifestyle Champions to lead after-school clubs in the coming weeks.

A big thank you to Annie for taking the time to visit Penryn College!