In our January update we introduced you to our very own Olympic Gold medalist contender, rower Katherine Grainger. As promised Katherine has updated us on her diary.
Feburary saw her at a training camp in Reading. The original plan was to go to a lake in Varese in Italy, however, the lake had iced up and all the other lakes were booked! She therefore ended up in ‘camp’ in Reading, under standard ‘overseas’ conditions ie. not allowed to contact friends or family which was, as Katherine described ‘all a bit unreal‘.
March saw her first competitive challenge for 2012, competing in the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials (10th-11th March held at Eton/Dorney). She didn’t just do well, she reclaimed her title as Winner of the Women’s Single Scull. Katherine kindly noted: ‘the fact that I managed to win the trials shows that training in your gym over Christmas really worked well and paid off’.
Taking only a couple of days off after the trials, Katherine then joined the Scottish Sports Relief team (14th March), taking part in the first national 1,000 mile charity cycle, row and run around the UK. Given her punishing schedule Katherine could only complete one phase of the race (Liverpool/Dublin) but was a cruical part of the team which included rugby stars Kenny Logan, Rob Wainwright and Scott Hastings, cyclist Graeme Obree, skier Alain Baxter, pentathlete Stephanie Cook and explorer Jock Wishart. Katherine enjoyed the experience ‘it was great fun, meeting up with fellow Scots sports folk and taking on the other countries. Scotland did well. Didn’t quite win but nearly did! Hopefully if they do it again I can get a chance to do more of the cycling’.
April has been a month of training camp activity – this time in Varese to prepare for 3 World Cup events (Belgrade 4-5th May, Lucerne 25-27th May and Munich 15-17th June). Then of course, it will be straight into the Olympics: ’Scary thought that it’s all so close. I haven’t been home since Christmas and the only trip north I think will be a brief one to do a wee stint carrying the Olympic torch and that’s in the west so still no sight of beloved Edinburgh. After the Games I’ll be back in Edinburgh and will catch up with you all then.
We will keep you updated on Katherine’s progress and support her on her journey to the Olympics.
Brilliant work Katherine!