Anna has a family connection to Goalball, as her older brother Michael Sharkey also represents Great Britain in the sport.
- Goalball, women's team
- Home Town:
- High Wycombe
- Southend, Essex
- Thames Valley
- Date Of Birth:
- 5th October 1987
- Games Attended:
- London 12
Together, the siblings have grown up playing Goalball and Anna credits Michael as being the most influential person in her life.
She first played Goalball when she joined her brother to attend a ‘have-a-go’ day organised by her local team. They both enjoyed the game so much that they entered themselves into a development tournament. They won their first game 9-1 and they were hooked on the sport from that point onwards. Anna has now been competing for 14 years.
Goalball was the first sport that Anna had come across that she could play as part of a team.
In addition to Paralympic competition, highlights of Anna’s career include was winning the 2009 European Championships in Munich, Germany. During this competition, the women’s team went to a golden goal situation in the quarter-final whereby the first goal would win the match. After a tense 90 seconds, Anna’s team-mate Jessica Luke scored the winning goal and the celebrations that ensued register as one of Anna’s most memorable moments in competition.
At London 2012, Anna made her Paralympic debut as part of a young team whose three starting players had an average age of just 22 years old. Their first victory at the Games, versus Brazil, was the first win for any British team in a team sport at the Copper Box arena.
Their performance in the group stages secured a place in the quarter-finals, where they faced Sweden. Here, their medal hopes ended as they lost by a 'golden goal' in the opening seconds of overtime.
Outside of Goalball, Anna graduated with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy from the University of Birmingham in 2010. She now works as a physiotherapist.
- 2012 London Paralympic Games
- 2010 Goalball World Championships, Sheffield, UK
- 2009 European Goalball Championships, Munich, Germany
- 2009 Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain