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Annabelle Williams
Annabelle Williams
Paralympic gold medalist, Grit & Gold Pty Ltd., Australia
“I derive so much joy out of helping others — whether my experience relates on a professional or personal level. And I believe that we all have a greater power within. We just have to learn how to realize it.”
Areas of expertise
  • Sports and sports law
“I was born without a left hand and forearm but haven’t let that negatively influence my life. On the contrary, growing up with a disability and competing as an elite athlete gave me resilience, grit, and determination. My goal is to empower others to overcome challenges and become their best selves.”
— Annabelle Williams
  • Grit & Gold Pty Ltd. – Founder and CEO, since 2019
  • Paralympics – Vice president, since 2018
  • Serves on the board of directors for several businesses and organizations, including Reaction, Swimming Australia, and ChildFund Australia
  • Australian Swimmers’ Association – Vice president, 2013–2020
  • Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, and Invictus Games – TV reporter and sports commentator, 2018
  • Australian Olympic Committee – Legal counsel, 2015–2019
  • Australian swim team at the Paralympic Games in Beijing – Cocaptain, 2008
  • Volunteer ambassador for the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Challenge, since 2012; National Australia Day Council, since 2013; and Indigenous Marathon Foundation, since 2017
  • Stanford University Graduate School of Business – Stanford Executive Program graduate, delivered the valedictory address, 2019
  • Bond University – Bachelor of Laws and International Relations
Awards and achievements
  • Competed in two Paralympic Games and broke five world records for swimming in butterfly and freestyle
  • Won numerous medals for Australia, including gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games
  • Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia at age 24 for service to sport as a strong advocate for athletes’ rights
  • TED speaker
Appearances and publications in other media
  • “The Landscape of Sports Law in Australia – Regulation of an Industry.” Sweet and Maxwell’s International Sports Law Review, 2017.
  • “All Brawn and a Pig’s Brain: The AFL Football Scandal.” Sports Law, Administration and Practice (UK), 2013.
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