Junior | JW2x
Next race: Junior World Championships, Tokyo 2019
Where do you live and where do you go to school?
I live in the countryside just outside Coleraine on the Causeway Coast at the very north of Northern Ireland and go to Coleraine Grammar School.
How did you get into rowing?
I attended an all girls school where I was a member of the hockey team. The girls school merged with an all boys school that offered rowing so at the end of the hockey season I asked if I could change sports to see if I enjoyed rowing. This was when I was about to turn 14 so I have been rowing for just over 3 years now.
When not rowing, what do you do in your spare time and do you have any hobbies?
I don’t have much spare time due to my sports training and school studies but if I do find some time I like to go for walks with my dog across the fields.
If you weren’t rowing, what sport would you be doing?
If I wasn’t rowing I would concentrate on swimming. I have been swimming since I was 6 years old and have been part of the Ulster and Ireland squads at competitions in England, Scotland and Slovenia. It’s been difficult choosing between the 2 sports as I enjoy them both.
How does it feel to represent Ireland in rowing?
It feels brilliant because I never thought I’d get to this level 3 years ago when I started. Especially as I fell out of the boat on my first single scull race. The people and other rowers I’ve met from clubs all over Ireland have been really friendly and supportive so to be in the Irish Team with some of them is great.
What are your future goals in rowing?
I never really set any long term goals and just keep training hard and see what happens along the way. All my goals are short term. Set PBs on the erg and win races in the boat
- Age: 17
- Club: Coleraine Grammar School Rowing Club
- Hometown: Coleraine
- School: Coleraine Grammar School