How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
I’m quite a sociable person so having a life outside of rowing is really important for me to ensure that I get that balance right. Many of the rowers will spend much of their ‘down time’ completely relaxing, i.e watching tv, reading etc. I use some of my time doing this but I find it’s just as important for me to be able to completely switch off from being an international athlete and take myself away from that environment. So I often tend to go and meet friends for coffee or a walk, spend time with my partner, and see my family whenever possible.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful?
We have to be careful with taking supplements due to regular drug testing in the sport. However I take omega 3, vitamin D, a probiotic, glucosamine and chondroitin on a daily basis from a ‘UKAD’ approved provider of health supplements.