The team at Mammoth are delighted to announce that Olympic and World Paracanoe Champion, Anne Dickins, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Anne, who is also a Chartered Physiotherapist and mother of two, first took up paracanoe after London 2012. She has been a Mammoth Ambassador since 2014 when she approached MD John Tuton about replacing her “10 year old lumpy mattress” with one that would assist her training and improve recovery.
“I did a lot of research. As a physiotherapist I wanted a mattress with the science behind it and as an elite para-athlete I wanted something comfortable to assist my recovery and look after my body while I’m asleep. I actually tried many mattresses. Mammoth was the one that had all the science to back it up and was exceptionally comfortable.”
During her intensive training period in the run-up to the Games in Rio, Anne even shared with us some of the sleep data she had captured using her Fitbit sleep tracker, which showed her sleep patterns at home on her Mammoth Performance mattress versus a hotel bed.
Back in 2012, Anne had never even set foot in a canoe and she was someone who suffered badly from seasickness. As a former endurance mountain biker, she was used to competitive sport and hard training. But after rupturing a disc in her back and severely injuring the nerves in her leg, it was 6 months before Anne could even walk properly again. She knew that she would never be able to cycling competitively again.
Anne believed her sporting career was over, until a chance meeting with a British Paracanoe coach, while volunteering as a Gamesmaker at London 2012. The rest, as they say, is history.
In 2016, Anne added the Olympic gold to her World and European titles at the age of 49. In the process, she became an inspiration to millions, showing that any setback can be overcome and that one never knows when a new opportunity or challenge will present itself.
“I just focused on what I could do rather than be caught up by what I couldn’t do.”
Find out more about Anne’s incredible story here.