How it all started….

From the age of 14 I was a rower, with my local town club (Stratford-upon-Avon), racing at local and national events. My decision of what university to go to after I finished my A-levels was based on two criteria; whether they offered a Marine Biology course, and whether they had an active (and successful) rowing club. The University of Southampton ticked both the boxes, so off I went.

My first race for University of Southampton Boat Club – Four’s Head of the River Race, 2004. (that’s me at 3 – second from the right!)

I spent 4 years at University racing in our top women’s boat, and as a small club, we did pretty well. I was very fortunate to be able to race with the same crew members for several years running (pretty rare in a university club), and we (mostly) worked very well as a crew. The long and the short of this was a few years of very successful competitive competition, with lots of bling to show for it (including my favourite practical trophy of all time – a very large hip flask!). Continue reading