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I always knew the Monmouth women were a fierce and fabulous bunch of women. What I didn’t realise, even after several years at the club, was quite how fierce and quite how fabulous. Until last week’s women’s squad Christmas party.

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If there’s one thing surprises people more than finding out I’m a rower, it’s discovering that I’m from Belfast. I’ve pretty much lost the accent after many years on the other side of the Irish Sea, but I’m still a Belfast girl through and through. I grew up thinking Samson and Goliath were giant cranes […]

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It looked like the scene of a bloodless massacre. Eight bodies lying in the rowing club gym  – some motionless and slumped over, others sprawled on the floor. But look! On closer inspection, it appeared that some were gasping for breath, and the occasional whimper could be heard. Perhaps there were some survivors after all. […]

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So Sony have introduced headphones for rowers, as demonstrated in this (admittedly quite cool) video: I have to say I think this is one of the craziest ideas I’ve heard in a long time. I suppose, in the interests of balance, I should acknowledge that even at the best of times I’m not a fan […]

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I love hearing from my readers almost as much as I love rowing. I’ve had emails from rowers all around the world, from Kansas and Canada to Australia and Aberystwyth, and I love the idea of an international rowing community all held together by river-love and pain. Today I had an email from a British […]

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The river is not safe. Be warned

Rowers everywhere (and especially on the Thames): do not go out on the water without watching this. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This video was brought to you by the fantastic students at Cheney Falcon RC. Show them your support with whatever you can spare.

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So yesterday we heard from some lightweight rowers about their quest to stay strong and stay trim. But what about the rest of us? Let’s face it; in the real world, most of us aren’t lightweight and most of us have to devote large amounts of our time to jobs and families. But wait! All […]

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The best wellies for rowing

Like many rowers, I spend a fair bit of time wading around in the river and, like many rowers, I’m a little bit obsessed by wellies. Needless to say, I’ve developed some fairly strong views on what wellies (or rain boots, as I believe my American friends call them) are the best for rowing. First […]

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What a lovely pair

There are two things I really, really want to achieve in rowing this summer season (in addition to nailing my first win). The first is to get out in a single scull (though not until the water warms up a lot). The second is to try rowing in a pair. For rowing virgins out there, […]

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Spread the love

As it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m going to be inviting you to share the love a little today. No, not a mass, online love-in. No garage-forecourt-flowers, chocolates or teddies, either. Just a heart-felt plea to be a little kinder to your fellow athletes. I can’t help noticing that there’s the rivalry that naturally exists between different […]

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