Breaking barriers at BMF Conference

Published:  11 December, 2014

The latest speaker announced for the BMF All-Industry Conference 2015 is Anna Hemmings MBE, Britain's most successful female marathon kayaker. Ms Hemmings overcame a chronic condition mid-career and went on to win three World titles and to compete in her second Olympic games.

After retiring from elite sport, Ms Hemmings founded Beyond the Barriers, a company that gives people the tools to perform at their best, be it in sport, business or life.

Her inspirational story is one of triumph over adversity and delivers valuable lessons on developing resilience, sustaining high performance and how to achieve unwavering self-belief and confidence.

After her early sporting success, Ms Hemmings was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and told she may never race again. Her 'never give up' attitude enabled her to make a full recovery and go on to win her second hat-trick of three consecutive world titles and to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Throughout her career, Ms Hemmings won an incredible 11 World and European Championship medals, including six world champion titles.

John Newcomb, BMF managing director, said: "Anna Hemmings may be a member of the sporting elite but her inspirational story of commitment, tenacity and self-belief is equally relevant to those aiming to be part of the business elite. Her experience directly reflects our Conference theme, Building Momentum and Focus, and I'm sure we can learn a great deal from her experience of overcoming a seemingly insurmountable obstacle and going on to greater success."

The 2015 All-Industry Conference takes place in Malta from 18 to 21 June, 2015, at the five-star Westin Dragonara Resort in St Julians Bay. It will be hosted by Olympic and Commonwealth medal winner and TV presenter, Sharron Davies.

Supplier packages are now sold out, but a few merchant places are still available and Early Bird conference rates apply until 31 December 2014. Visit the conference website at for more details and to secure your place.

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