A few months ago, Ruth Gorse student and RowLeeds record holder, Daisy Anderson set an age group national record on the rowing machine. Here she talks about getting into rowing, having fun at the Indoor Champs and finding out how good she might be. Now she’s on the GB Rowing Team World Class Start programme. All this in just over a year and a half.

How did you get into rowing and how long have you been doing it for? 

I started half way through Year 7, so just under two years ago. It looked good fun – so I thought I’d give it a go.  It turned out that I enjoyed it and was quite good, so I’ve stuck with it! I thought it would be a good opportunity to meet new friends.

Had you played any other sports before?

In primary school, I played tennis quite a lot but it was for a bit of fun and to be social. I tried volleyball but it wasn’t for me. Rowing is very unique, you get to visit lots of different places. I’ve raced in Nottingham, London, at Dorney Lake where they held the Olympics, and I’m going to London again next month to compete at BRIC (British Rowing Indoor Championships). It’s great that I get to do lots of travelling and see different parts of Britain.

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