GB Sailor, Anna Carpenter, supports the BRIT Ambassador family & champions the annual BRIT Challenge
We are delighted that Anna continues to be part of our BRIT Ambassador family to support and improve young adult mental health throughout the UK. Anna is a member of the British Sailing Team and competes in the 49ER FX class; the doublehanded high performance skiff that was introduced to the Olympics in 2016.
“I am delighted to be part of the BRIT Ambassador family to support young adult mental health throughout the UK. The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) is an incredible charity that is striving to improve and support young adult mental health and fitness by delivering the annual BRIT Challenge; a feel-good February fundraiser that invites every UK university, college, specialist college and Students’ Union to enter teams and encourage student and staff participation. The BRIT Challenge is innovative, exciting and has the potential to be a firm fixture in the Education, Sport and Charity Sector’s Calendar of Events. By collaborating with national governing bodies, BRIT are hoping to engage the 5 million students in the UK to be part of an annual student led event to raise vital funds, destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion. It is a unique fundraising opportunity for every university and college to choose a second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT, and support local, regional and national charities. I look forward to encouraging students and staff at Holy Cross College, Bury and The University of Bristol as they take on the BRIT Challenge. I also urge other past and present members of the British Sailing Team to join our BRIT Ambassador family, choose a college and/or university to visit during the month of February, encourage students and staff to take part in the annual BRIT Challenge and unite in support of young adult mental health.”
Great Britain sailor and BRIT Ambassador
Anna is a member of the British Sailing Team, campaigning for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games in the 49er FX (women’s high-performance skiff) class. She started sailing at the age of 4 on Elton Reservoir in the North West and was racing by the time she was 11. She studied History at Bristol University before moving to Weymouth to train and compete full time. The first event Anna competed in was the RYA North West Zone Championships in 2005 and the first event she won was the Women’s Laser 4.7 National Championships in 2008. She achieved multiple international medals in the women’s 470 class and was training partner to Rio 2016 gold medallists before switching recently to the 49er FX. She proudly supports the Final Straw Foundation – a registered charity working with local communities and businesses to highlight the impact of plastic pollution on our environment and to try to minimise the amount of plastic entering our local seas and wider oceans.
For more insight in to Anna’s Olympic campaign, please see her Instagram page with sailing partner Hannah Bristow.