Anna McNuff

Adventurer and author

What did you like to do at weekends when you were 10?
My parents are both Olympians so we would always be outdoors doing sports. I used to play football in the boys’ league because there was no league for girls. I had really long hair which my mum would plait. Every game, the ref would stop the match and tell me to tuck my plait down the back of my shirt and to stop using it as a weapon. Apparently, as I was turning my head, I was flicking the boys with my ninja plait!

What advice would you give to wannabe adventurers?
I think the biggest hurdle is that commitment to say, “I’m going”. If you want to do something badly enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen. So my advice would be to just start.

What is something important that your parents taught you?
I was brought up to believe that if you want something and you work hard for it, you can achieve it. My mum also taught me to be confident and comfortable with who I am and to understand that I am very different to anyone else. We all have our own things that make us awesome. There’s no one else in the world like you. Sometimes that feels weird because you might feel left out of things but you should appreciate who you are. Being individual is a good thing.


ANNA MCNUFF was interviewed by Hannah and Layla in issue 4.