I got over the unpleasant experience pretty quickly, I dusted myself off and turned up for the next training. I was determined not to “crab” again!
Unfortunately it happened again at the Tribesmen Head of the River few months later, where I was close to packing up rowing for good.
I was cold, wet, tired, my hands were covered in blood from scratches and I had 7 very dissatisfied girls in the boat with me. Character building experience!
The rest is history!
Single sculling became my trade mark, as an under 18 sculler I started to climb up the national junior ranks pretty quickly.
In 2008 I moved to senior level where I chased some much more experienced scullers. In 2007/ 2008 I took part in my first trial for the national team.
I loved every minute of it. The further I went the more was required of me, the more I had to learn, the more I had to invest. Michael G Fleming kept pushing me on, ensuring that I was making continuous progress.
In 2008 I won my first national title – the Women’s Novice Single Scull. I also raced for Poland at the European Junior Championships (Coupe de la Jaunesse) winning two silver medals in the single.
I also raced for Ireland at the Home International regatta one month later. My rowing career took off from there.