I’m Patricia Carswell, a.k.a. Girl on the River, though I’ll also answer to Trash (thanks, autocorrect). I’m a freelance journalist specialising in health, fitness, lifestyle and travel. I’m also a rower who has developed a burning passion for a sport that doesn’t always love me back.

Rowing is pretty much the last sport I should ever have thought of taking up. At a pint-sized 5’3″, I’m ridiculously small for a it. I also have a history of M.E./C.F.S. that has made rowing – a massively strenuous activity – a huge challenge at times. And like most people, when I started I was spectacularly, catastrophically bad at it.

But rowing has got under my skin like no other form of exercise ever has. The river has me in its thrall, and I love the endless challenges that go with such a technically difficult sport. Girl on the River is where I share the highs and lows, the joys and frustrations, the losses and occasional wins. I hope you’ll join me on the ride.




6 comments on “About

  1. Jools says:

    The sport might not love you – but we – your crew mates do:)
    All for one and ‘all in one’ for all………………

  2. Liz says:

    Lovely pic…you look about 17. Which of course you do in the flesh as well!

    1. Not bad for 76 😉

  3. tried to leave you a long reply but it wouldnt accept it for some reason.
    email me at carolyn@carolynboddington.com there are a few people who are in the state system who may be able to help you. Have you contacted Ann Richardson from Explore Rowing? She may be able to help with equipment.

  4. C Edgar says:

    Tried to leave reply but word press won’t accept well don’t get your comments on press what about new paper New Day?

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