Who are you?
I was born and raised in London and I went to a state school where I was on the basketball, athletics, and football teams. I have been rowing, skating, ice skating, and playing football during my time at university. Apart from sports, I am quite creative – I draw and sculpt and I’m also into entertainment and comedy, so I am creating my own radio show and podcast.
What is your university academic background?
I study chemistry at Imperial College. I really enjoyed the subject at school and I liked how Imperial is a STEM-related university where science is the main focus. Because imperial has so many societies and clubs, it sounded great to have the ability to take a science degree and play sports and therefore have the best of both worlds.
What is your sports background?
I started skating when I was three on quad skates. I used to skate around Hyde park every day, and I started inline skating when I was five. I have been skating ever since. I joined the London speed skating team last year, because the coach saw me skating through Hyde park and asked me to trial for their team. I am now working towards competitions this year, and looking to progress professionally within skating.
A coach at Aldwych Speed Club, an ice skating team, saw potential in me training in ice skating during one of my skating training sessions.
I also occasionally play for Hammersmith Women’s football club, where I play right back. I was the captain of my school’s football team. There was a big gender gap between the guys and girls teams, and I wanted to change that and try to make football more accessible, regardless of gender so everyone could enjoy the sport.
Do you do any sport at Imperial?
I am also a senior rower at Imperial. I started rowing as a novice in my first year at Imperial, and I now train full time as a senior. I am looking to compete in BUCS head, BUCS regatta, and hopefully Henley in the coming weeks and months. I am proud of my improvement in the sport and I recently won the ‘Golden Flipper’ for most improved rower.
What other activities do you do at Imperial?
I’m in the process of creating a radio show/podcast with ICRadio, where Imperial students, and any one really, can write in to us with any issues they are having, and we’ll light-heartedly discuss it with friends and guests to try and solve the issue. It’s more like a chat show than a serious project, but I think it’ll do really well and I’m excited to see how it goes.
So what does an average week look like?
I wake up at 4:45am on a Monday morning, leave the house at 5:15am on my skates, where I skate to Imperial Boat Club in Putney which takes about 45 minutes for a 6 am water session. We usually row about 14-16km from Putney to Chiswick, so the session finishes at around 8am. I do an erg session at the boat house before leaving, rather than doing it later on in the evening because of my busy schedule. I then skate from there to South Kensington, where I get breakfast and get on with my degree.
I leave campus at 5pm, as I get the train to Guildford, which usually takes about 2 hours for a 7pm training session. The training session finished by 8:30, and I make my way home back to Paddington where I usually arrive by 11pm to sleep.
On Tuesday, I wake up at a late time of 6:45am and skate to rowing for a strength and conditioning session by 8 am. University finishes again around 5:30 pm, then I skate to rowing for a 6:15pm water session which takes 2 hours, similar to the Monday session. I leave the boat house at 8pm, and skate home around 9.
Wednesday I just have to do an erg session in my own time in the gym, and I do university work in my own time. I’ve got ice skating again at 7:15pm, so I make my way to Guilford.
Thursday is a repeat of Tuesday, normally.
Friday is again an erg in my own time, and that is it for the day! No skating training! But I do university work in my own time.
Saturday is a big day. We have a 6:45am start at the boat house, which I skate to, where it’s a longer rower outing, usually about 18-20km, followed by circuits at the boat house, which if you don’t know, is absolute pain! Sunday is an off day from rowing, but I do have skating training with the speed skating team. It is from 10-12 at Tatem park, which is quite a trek, where they have the only outdoor track in London.