Cornwall’s Golden Girl: Helen Glover
Hailing from our very own county, Helen Glover MBE made waves in more ways than one at London 2012 when she became Team GB’s first gold medallist and claimed the first ever British Olympic gold medal in women’s rowing. Having only started rowing in 2008, Helen took to the sport like a duck to water and prior to the Olympics had already achieved two silver medals at the World Rowing Championships.
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Stithians Lake, Cornwall
In between her demanding training schedule, The Good Cornwall Guide was fortunate enough to catch up with our region’s golden girl for a quick chat off the water.
What first inspired you to get into rowing?
I have always been inspired by the Olympics and winning an Olympic gold has been a dream. Rowing provided the platform for me to achieve this and I absolutely loved it as soon as I tried it.
Where in Cornwall is your favourite place to row?
I haven’t done much rowing in Cornwall, as most of my training takes place in Reading. Greenbank rowing club have a great facility on Stithians lake.
Any special memories of Cornwall you would like to share with our readers?
The memory of growing up that always springs to mind is sledging on the sand dunes at Gwithian. We would take a picnic, wrap up warm, and spend hours playing games and finding the perfect dunes for sledging down.
What advice would you give to any aspiring rowers and athletes?
Give it a go! It’s always worth trying something new. If you want to make it to the top you have to be prepared to work hard and really love the process of day to day training.
Not content with just being an Olympic champion, Helen also now has the enviable title of winning the BBC’s Women’s Superstars 2012 which just goes to show that when the oars are finally put to rest then other athletes had better take note.
So if all this talk of sport has got you inspired to get and give it a go then why not follow in Helen’s oar strokes and visit Stithians Lake near Redruth. Ideal for both recreational and competitive rowing, the lake and the surrounding area also plays host to triathlons and sailing as well as proving popular for walkers and bird walkers thanks to the peaceful surroundings.
A further reminder as to Helen’s amazing achievement can also be found in her home town of Penzance, as true to all Team GB’s gold medallists there is now a rather fetching golden post box.