- 21 September 1983
Blackwater, Queensland, Australia
- Commonwealth or Empire Games Gold Medalist, Cyclist and Olympian
In 2001 Anna Meares was awarded the Australian Junior Women's Track Cyclist of the Year. Since then, she has added an enormous array of trophies to her cabinet.
Meares made an astonishing come back from a very bad cycling accident at the World Cup in January 2008 when she broke her neck. But she fought her way back and qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, eventually winning a silver medal in the women's sprint event.
In London in 2012, she rode a brilliant tactical race to win a gold medal in the sprint.
She was the flag-bearer and captain for the Australian team at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where she won a bronze medal in keirin. This made her the first Australian to win individual medals in four consecutive Olympics.
On 16 October 2016 Meares announced her official retirement from her competitive cycling career.