The selection process for those already in the senior team is slightly different in that we are already in the team. We don’t have to travel to Boston for that first weekend in November but otherwise we still do the rest of the trials. In reality though, most of our selection happens behind closed doors every day. We take part in the process and are expected to of course perform better than those outside of the team, but the real work of getting into boats to represent Great Britain happens throughout the season.
I found myself in an unusual position before Final Trials two weekends ago. It was going according to plan until I picked up a cold that aggravated my asthma, so they rested me for a few days in the run up to the trials. I recovered well but not in time to race Final Trials with my pair’s partner (who was now rowing with someone else) so I raced the trials in a single scull.
If you ask most ‘sweep’ rowers they will tell you that it is not always the easiest transition to make from a sweep boat to a sculling boat, especially not when you then have to race against the fastest scullers in the country in a few days’ time! Nonetheless, I had a good weekend of racing and came away 11th out of 22, which was a decent result – especially considering I had only had three days to prepare.
Coming down with a cold just before Final Trials was more than a little frustrating, but it does happen, and will hopefully not have much of a bearing on the rest of my season. It does demonstrate to me that sometimes things outside of your control can just happen, but that as always, the best way to respond is to face up to the next challenge.