A rower from Chalfont St Peter is a step closer to achieving her dream after tasting victory at the British Olympic Rowing Trials.
Heidi Long, 27, combined with Rowan McKellar to lay down a marker for Paris 2024 after coming out on top in the women’s pair event at Caversham, Oxfordshire.
The trials took place over the weekend of December 16 and 17. The success in the women’s pair was a welcome response after a disappointing run in the time trial on the Saturday.
Heidi has been tipped for success at the top level for some time, having previously competed at a Rowing World Cup event in 2021 as part of a young Project Paris squad.
She finished fourth on her first senior team appearance and just a year later completed the 2022 season unbeaten in the women’s four, with gold at the World and European Championships.
However, she faces strong competition, with double Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover MBE among those vying for a spot in the boat.
Subject to selection, Heidi’s path to Paris will continue at the World Cup event in Italy in April.
She said: “I can’t imagine what it would mean to get there; my emotions are all over the place now because this is a step in the right direction.
“I can’t think about the prospect of it too much; it’s just about taking the most out of every single day and making those small changes, and hopefully the process will start to produce results.
“It’s a super strong squad and it’s all to play for over the next few months.
“I’m hoping we can come together to get all those seats into medal positions.”
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