Finishing a season is always a tricky one. The build up to the World Championships this year was especially intense as it doubled up as the Olympic Qualification regatta. It meant that we had to finish in the top eight to ensure Great Britain had a coxless four at the Tokyo Olympics. We didn’t think we would have trouble qualifying the boat, but there is always the worry that something may go wrong. Fortunately, qualifying the boat wasn’t any trouble and in the end, we won bronze. Nonetheless, the pressure of the championships meant that the three week break between seasons was very welcome.
With the plan for some decent R&R, the day after the World Championships I flew to Lusaka, Zambia. I have family who live in Zambia and we, as a family, have been travelling there for most of my life. It was more than slightly surreal to find myself, in just over 48 hours after being at the World Championships in Linz, Austria, in the middle of the Kafue National Park in western Zambia, in a tent listening to the sounds of a pod of hippos. The whole team really do all sorts of things. Some see family all over the UK, and many travel all round the world. I think this year saw the team spend their break in the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Zambia (in my case), Thailand and Bali amongst many other places near and far.