Photography by Mark Gunter
ANNA MEARES – A CHAMPION AND A TRUE SPORTSWOMAN Anna Meares is one of Australia’s favourite sporting heroes and one of the most talented athletes in the world. She is a 4-time Olympian, 2-time Olympic champion with 6 Olympic medals (Bronze – Rio 2016, Gold and Bronze – London 2012, Silver – Beijing 2008, Gold and Bronze – Athens 2004), 11 time world champion across four different disciplines and a five time Commonwealth Games champion.
Photography by David Solm
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Dr Francine Pinnuck has been managing Anna since 2006 and does so without any financial benefit. Francine is the Director of EFI International and is based in Dubai. She is a passionate cyclist and has worked tirelessly giving back to the sport of cycling, working with a number of international cyclists. The special relationship between Anna and Francine is based on a high level of trust and mutual respect. Francine has worked with Anna to gain sponsors of great integrity and ethics, all of whom are gold medal champions and leaders at the national and international level. Francine has not only been a manager but a mentor for Anna, as being a champion is not just about winning gold medals, it’s fundamentally about being a gold medal citizen on and off the track. A typical 500 metre time trial race of Anna’s lasts 33.583 seconds, but developing a relationship and being an ethical role model and citizen is a life time duration.
Anna says “the relationship between the athlete and the manager is about understanding one another and honesty. Our relationship is one of honesty and we have a great understanding, respect and deep appreciation for one another and the roles that we each play. If I were to describe our relationship. It is like a team sprint. Each has a role to play even though we are individuals the big picture is that without the two of us working together as a team there is simply no race to contest let alone be won.