Meet Anna Flanagan, a Hockeyroo Star, Olympian and now a Nike Athlete. At the age of 23 Flanagan has already won a gold medal at the Commonwealth games, played at the London Olympics and in 2013 was named World Young Player of the year. So it’s fair to say Anna knows a few things about working hard and achieving goals.
Anna is hands down an inspirational Australian woman and an excellent role model. I wanted to know what it was that made her so damn awesome… so I asked her! Here’s my chat with Anna about what she get’s up to in her down time – oh and she gives us an awesome banana, coconut and peanut butter smoothie recipe 😛
What does your morning routine involve?
I usually wake up as early as I can manage and make sure to get a good breakfast in. My nutrition is really important to keep me going and performing, but it’s also nice to have a quiet moment to think about the day ahead!
My first training session for the day is usually a two hour hockey skills session combined with some conditioning.
Everyone loves a good smoothie recipe, do you have a go to smoothie? If so can we have the recipe? 🙂
My friend and team mate Georgia Nanscawen taught me this one, it’s perfect for post-workout refuelling. She is the raw cook chef of the team.
“Super easy banana, coconut and peanut butter smoothie”
-1 1/2 large frozen bananas
-1/4 cup coconut milk (plus more if desired)
-1 heaped tsp peanut butter
-1/4 tsp vanilla extract
-mix of nuts/seeds/granola for topping
Blend banana, coconut milk, peanut butter and vanilla in a high powered blender until well combined. This mix will be quite thick, almost like ice cream. If you want a thinner smoothie, just add more coconut milk.
Pour into a glass and top with nuts/seeds/granola.
What’s your favourite city/town to visit and why?
I really love my new home city of Perth right now. Coming from Canberra, and having lived in Holland, I’m still having fun discovering Perth and everything it has to offer right now. I pinch myself almost every day at how lucky we are to have Perth’s beaches in our backyard.
What famous quote do you live by?
If it were easy everyone would be doing it.
What’s the most important life lesson you have learnt?
I’ve learned to take pressure and use it for something positive. It can help to keep you focused on your goal, because that pressure tells you that it means something to you.
I always know I’m going to be better for it if I look pressure in the face and use it rather than shy away from it.
What do you like to do when you’re not training or playing?
Balance is a really important part of what I do, so my down time is super important to me. If I’m not properly refreshed from a game or training, mentally as much as physically, I can’t perform at my best.
I love getting down to the beach for a sunset skate with my boyfriend. Skating gives me a feeling of freedom that I don’t get anywhere else. It’s still active and challenging, but so different to hockey that it helps me to switch my mind off.
What would you tell your 10 year old self?
I would tell myself to have more patience. Learning new skills doesn’t happen overnight, take the time to learn the correct way to do things—don’t take short cuts and form bad habits because later down the track they become hard to break.
If you had to go out for a meal which would you choose: breakfast, or dinner and why?
That’s so hard! There are so many amazing breakfast places in Perth, but I’d have to say dinner, because spending time with my friends and family really helps me achieve some balance in my life. To end a big day of hard work with a nice dinner with my friends, my boyfriend or my family is a great reward.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
It’s all about balance when you’re training a lot, so every once in a while a little treat is okay. My treat is ice cream!
What’s your opinion on authenticity on social media?
I have a really strong opinion on this, because I’m really passionate about promoting women’s sport and hockey through my own social channels.
I think it’s our responsibility as elite athletes to inspire other young women to pursue their dreams by showing the realities of our hard work, our goals and also the successes along the way.
Some of my own idols are other female athletes, and I think the way they interact with their followers in a really authentic way is so important to growing women’s sport.
What’s the most valuable thing you have learnt in your career so far?
I’ve learned to treat every training session and every game as an opportunity to improve. Thinking about what’s in front of me as an opportunity rather than an obstacle relieves some stress—I know I’ll be better for it.
What book have you read that everyone should read?
Harry Potter!!! I think everyone has read that, but I’m a big fan!
Other than hockey, what is a favourite type of workout?
I love running! I actually always wanted to be a runner, but hockey stole my heart.
It’s always fun (and important) to mix things up, so sometimes I’ll get on the Nike+ Training Club App and see what workouts other girls are trying or just try out a workout I’ve never done before. There are so many workouts on the app it’s not hard to find something new.
Thanks Anna for taking the time to chat to me about how important it is to work hard to achieve results.
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Article by Mon – M.B Harper