Rowing - Glover urges continued rowing funding

After self-funding half of her journey to London 2012, Olympic champion Helen Glover is convinced the continued support for British Rowing will ensure the sport goes from strength to strength.

Rowing - Glover urges continued rowing funding

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The 26-year-old won gold in the coxless pair alongside Heather Stanning last summer - scooping Great Britain's first of the Games and the first-ever for the nation in women's rowing.

Glover's passage to London 2012 included continuing to work as a PE teacher at OIdfield School in Bath in order to fund her rowing career having only taken up the sport in 2008.

Funding followed in 2010 and Glover hasn’t looked back and, with her initial time in the sport in mind, she insists the increase for British Rowing post-Olympics will mean they get better and better.

British Rowing’s funding for the next Olympic cycle to Rio 2016 went up from £27.29m to £32.6 and Glover said: "Funding my way between 2008 and 2010 was easily the hardest bit.

"It got to the stage a couple of years ago when I couldn’t even afford to put petrol in my car and I had to run to training sessions. Winning gold makes all those moments feel worth it.

"Having the lottery say they will continue to fund us is important, I do need that. If we weren’t full-time, we wouldn’t be winning."

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