Anne Dickins: Paralympic champion retires

Anne Dickins
Dickins suffered from seasickness before going on to win Para-canoeing gold at the Paralympics

British Paralympic champion Anne Dickins has retired, five years after being a volunteer at London 2012 inspired her to take up Para-canoeing.

The 50-year-old won gold at the 2016 Rio Games in the single kayak 200m in the KL3 class.

In doing so, she claimed ParalympicsGB's 100th medal in Rio.

"The last four years in elite sport couldn't have gone any better," said Dickins, who became an MBE in the New Year Honours.

"To win Paralympic gold and then to get awarded an MBE, a Blue Peter badge, and to get married concluded an amazing 2016."

Dickins had been an endurance mountain biker before sustaining a freak back injury.

She overcame seasickness to take part in Para-canoeing, in which she won two world titles and was a three-time European champion.

"Even though I won't be racing I believe I can still inspire people, which was always my goal," she said.

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