How I StartedI originally started in swimming competing in national races, I was swimming until the age of 20, but I was involved in an accident that put me out for around nine months. I returned to swimming after to compete in national, but with my injuries, it became more and more difficult to train and compete and so in my second year of university I made the switch from Swimming to Rowing.
I enjoyed the first sessions, especially being outside as opposed to in a swimming pool! The most challenging part of switching to Rowing was adjusting my core strength and back. Because of this change, I had to make baby steps to begin building my core and back strength. I actually ended up with a bad back as a result of it!
My Greatest AchievementMy greatest achievement is winning the Henley Royal Regatta, I was actually told I wouldn’t be able to win because I am a woman! I proved them wrong and won the most prestigious British rowing event on the calendar!
I was selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in February 2021, this was difficult in the cold winter air as we perform outside on the water. I remember receiving the email and being relieved because they had named me as being in the boat, but receiving the email and knowing that I had been selected took a massive weight off my shoulders.
I was incredibly relaxed when I sat at the start line because I knew that I was an Olympian. Through all of the daily COVID testing, the selection processes and training I had made it and was ready to compete!