In April Anna will be running the London 2014 Marathon for Macmillan as the charity is close to her family, and a race that will mark a major aspiration for the Olympic champion.
RIGHT TO PLAY
The global organisation uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. It was founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medallist and social entrepreneur. Through sport and games, they help children build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities with lasting impact.
After winning her Gold medal Anna got actively involved with Right To Play, attending their inaugural Gala Dinner, the Big Red Ball and attending the ICAP charity day on Right To Play's behalf.
Right To Play Website
Typically aged 12 to 18 these athletes face many challenges, making sacrifices every day of their lives to train and compete. They train for more than 15 hours a week after school, travel more than 1,000 miles a month and spend more than £6,000 a year on their sport — with most relying entirely on SportsAid and their families for support.
To help athletes to achieve their ambitions, SportsAid recognises their achievements and gives them vital financial assistance before anyone else. Working with the governing bodies of around 70 sporting disciplines the charity helps around 1,500 of the UK's brightest prospects every year — relying on the governing bodies' expertise to ensure the right athletes are funded at the right time.
The result at London 2012 was that almost two-thirds of the British team were SportsAid alumni, winning 20 Olympic and 27 Paralympic gold medals between them.
Among them were Anna Watkins "When I was starting out, I relied heavily on my parents for support. I then received an award from SportsAid and it made a huge difference to me at a time when I needed it most."
SportsAid's patron is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.