Annabel Anderson – NZ

Showing in: Wanaka and Queenstown

Wanaka Session 11: Tuesday July 2
Wanaka 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm with live music)


Queenstown Session Q4 Saturday July 6
Queenstown 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm with live music)


Annabel, a Wanaka local, has held the world title for stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) for 6 years in a row. She is one of the most dominating performers in her sport.

She stepped down from defending her title in 2018 after she comfortably won the world championships at the Pacific Paddle Games in 2017. She also won the 2018 Female Performance of the Year award and the title of overall number one SUP racer in the world – male or female. She is the only woman to have ever achieved the honour.

Her career wins in both technical and distance races are too numerous to mention. She held the national title for 7 years and in 2018 she was crowned the supreme winner at the Otago Sports Awards as well as taking home the Sportswoman of the Year trophy.

Annabel can be described as a goer; she emanates grit, determination and good character. She gets after it in mountain biking, cycling, adventure racing and skiing. One sneak peek at her Instagram account will give you a sense of her active lifestyle. She is a sportswoman, a businesswoman and a superwoman – able to leap tall mountains in a single bound!

Annabel’s physical strength is phenomenal but it is her mental capacity and fortitude that stand her in good stead. She has used her psychological toughness and mental agility to adapt to a barrage of challenges in her career. She has had her fair share of adversity and has faced it with humour and strength of character.

Annabel will be speaking at the festival about her life in sport, her adventures and the challenges of high performance.