Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Proud Mum

Hello everyone,

It is a beautiful sunny day here in Kent, hopefully the summer is here.

I would just like to share with you all a very proud mum moment.

My eldest daughter Jess joined a rowing club 2 years ago, just as a way of keeping fit, meeting new people and having an interest outside of work.
The first year flew by and they entered a couple of competitions as novices.
When her 2nd season started she and her team that she had been training with were asked if they would like to move up to the next category, which was Intermediate. It meant harder work, longer training and a lot more commitment. So they decided to give it ago.

The training was tough, I saw her rowing in the middle of winter, with snow on the ground. The splash droplets from the oars would freeze as bobbles to her clothing.
Her and her team kept at it and her coach put them in for a few competitions.
He then asked them if they wanted to go all out and enter the women's rowing competition at Henley. It would mean at least 10 training sessions a week. Weekends were given up and they had practically a non existent social life.
An Intermediate team from her rowing club had not been entered at Henley for 5-6 years.
On Friday it was the time trials to see if they could enter the competition. They won and were put through to the quarter finals on Saturday.
Saturday was the quarter finals and they were all quite nervous.
Unfortunately they didn't make it to the semi-finals.
But those girls worked hard for where they got at Henley.
As I said no other Intermediate team from her club had ever been put forward for Henley before.
I was so proud of Jess and her team members, I know there were times when she did think of giving up, especially on the cold river on a Saturday morning in the middle of winter when all her friends were having their Saturday morning lay ins.
Congratulations Twickenham Intermediate team, I'm sure all your mums are as proud as me :)
Jess, with her team (Jess is 4th from the left)
Now Jess is just waiting for the next season to start.
Good luck girls.


  1. Congratulations! What amazing dedication to train all through the freezing winter. xx

  2. Thank you :)
    I think even just getting to the quarter finals has spurred them all to carry on for another year.
    Sally x