At the age of 57, Annika Naenfeldt started training to do high diving, and this weekend she competed for Sweden in the LEN European Aquatics Championships in London, eagerly cheered on by her children and grandchildren.

 

After just three years of practice, she's now got her sights set on the World Championships in Budapest in 2017.

 

This is not the usual story about an athlete doing her first international competition; this is the story about Annika Naenfeldt who defied her fear of heights and took on a career within high diving at the age of 57. 

 

"There are many un-written rules that are quite easy to break, as long as you dare to challenge them. I am proud that Björn Borg chose to make this video with me, and I hope that it will make people stop and think for a while," explained the grandmother

 

"Annika is a true Game Changer, an inspiring person that has dared to break the norm with an amazing winner attitude; very few people would have the guts it takes to take on such a demanding sport at this age,"  explained Jonas Lindberg Nyvang, Marketing Director at Björn Borg.

 

"To encourage others to go for their dreams, we want to salute Annika on Swedish Mother’s Day,"

 

Annika Naenfeldt is celebrated as part of Björn Borg’s work to put the spotlight on athletes that go their own way, break norms or in other ways follow their hearts to achieve their dreams within sport; people who refuse to give up and who win against all odds.

 

Björn Borg has previously highlighted the world’s first hijab-wearing ballerina, 14 year-old Stefanie Kurlow. The effort is inspired by tennis legend Björn Borg’s unparalleled winner instinct. 

 

 

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