Spotlight on: Daisy Anderson

A few months ago, Ruth Gorse student and RowLeeds record holder, Daisy Anderson set a 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 is just over a year and a half.


The RowLeeds Indoor Championships


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.

What did you like about rowing that made you start taking it more seriously?

I just really enjoyed going to races - going with all my friends. You normally only have about two races in a day, so you have the rest of the time to do other things. Also, when I’m in a competition I always do a lot better when I have all the pressure and everyone is shouting at me to go faster. I think I got 50 extra metres at BRIC than I did in school.

What does your school offer in terms of rowing?

I started on the ergo in PE. The teacher thought I was good, so I was invited to come along to the Thursday extra-curricular sessions. After a bit of training, my technique and fitness improved and the coach asked me if I wanted to start going down to the boathouse on the water. I really wanted to because I knew it would be a great opportunity to improve my technique and start racing in regattas.

When did you start rowing on the water and how is it different to the rowing machine?

I’ve been training on the water for about a year now. It’s quite a lot different to on the machine. On the er