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An international speaker, Paralympic gold medallist, board director, TV presenter and former corporate lawyer
Categories: Motivational Speakers, Olympians
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
An international motivational speaker, Paralympic Gold Medallist, lawyer, director, TV reporter and diversity advocate, Annabelle has always been determined. Not having a left hand or forearm has never held her back. Annie learnt to tie her shoe laces before the rest of her class and says that, in many ways, only having one hand works wonders for her bank account – “I can get half price manicures!”
Annie is a highly experienced and requested international motivational speaker as well as a TV reporter and sports commentator. She has recently spoken at Celsa Group in Barcelona, Stanford University in Silicon Valley, Flo Health in Minsk, Paanini in California and Deutsche Bank, Qantas, ASIC, Citi Bank, Allianz, Allity and NBN in Australia. Annie is regularly asked to commentate major sporting competitions and has significant experience hosting the broadcast of live to air events for Network Seven and the ABC.
Annie has a wealth of sporting and professional experience. She was a member of the Australian Paralympic Swim Team for eight years and managed to balance her extensive sporting and travel commitments with a highly successful and demanding corporate career as a lawyer. During her swimming career, Annie captained the Australian swim team, broke five world records and won numerous medals for Australia, including gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. While she was an athlete, she worked in Paris for the Australian Trade Commission, Washington D.C. for Perennial, an agency that represents NFL and NBA players and was, for a fleeting moment, Charlize Theron’s stunt double in Mad Max 4: Fury Road.
Annie worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at top-tier law firm Allens Linklaters and was the Legal Counsel for the Australian Olympic Committee. She has worked for the Court of Arbitration for Sport and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to sport. Annie is the Vice-President of the Board of Paralympics Australia, Chair of the Paralympics Australia Athletes’ Commission, and member of the IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal. She has held advisory roles with the Australian Swimmers’ Association and the Australian Sports Foundation and in 2019, graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where she was selected to deliver the valedictory speech.
Annie is an ambassador for a number of organisations and has partnered with Flo Health, the worlds largest womens health platform with over 100 million downloads, to develop an online course on empowerment. The series of sessions teach people about developing determination and grit, overcoming adversity, learning from failure, finding connection and support, being fearless and courageous, compartmentalising and celebrating success.
Annie promotes an active and healthy lifestyle. She is a champion for diversity and believes that a diverse society creates a more interesting and dynamic world. Annie’s warmth, knowledge, experience and sense of humour make her a highly sought after speaker. Annie speaks on a range of topics, including resilience and overcoming adversity, grit and determination, courage and fearlessness. Be prepared to laugh and cry as she shares her inspiring journey.
Annabelle gave a very impactful, inspiring and human speech that, at the same time, was very practical as she also gave us tools to become more resilient in life and be able to face adversity better equipped. We also realized that our challenges are most of the time nothing compared to what other people have to cope with. All in all, it gave us a lot of energy and strength to fight for what we want to achieve as a company.
Diversity Council Australia has been privileged to have Annabelle Williams speak at a variety of our events. She is a really engaging speaker, who is able to draw on her own experiences as well her extensive knowledge to give great insights into how workplaces can create environments that are more inclusive for all.
Diversity Council Australia
Annabelle came and spoke at our Legal Team offsite on the theme of being “fearless”. Her honest yet uplifting talk was highly engaging. She had a great sense of humour and captivated the room with stories of her challenges and triumphs, lows and highs. Annabelle spoke from the heart in a way that really inspired us all to think about what being fearless in working relentlessly towards your goals can look like, despite (or perhaps because of) life’s never-ending battles and the pursuit of overcoming them. Thank you Annabelle.
We had the pleasure of Annabelle speaking at our event. Annabelle gave a fantastic account of the challenges she faced growing up and how her steely determination and resolve led her to the take the gold medal at 2012 London Paralympics. Her talk captivated our audience with her uplifting experience, combining really valuable messages with some light hearted humour. I can certainly recommend Annabelle as a keynote speaker. She inspired me and my team that with the right mind set and attitude and with a supportive team behind you, you can achieve just about anything.