Olympic disappointment turns into Maldives opportunity

“Perhaps it’s the sadistic side of me,” says the two-time World Champion, six months after leaving behind the world of elite training with the Great Britain rowing squad to take up a development role.

“I still force myself to get up and go training.” That training has turned from rowing to running as Walsh tries a new fitness challenge.

Walsh was devastated when she didn’t make the squad for the Rio Olympics. It was a big setback for the woman who, one year earlier, had taken World Championship silver in the lightweight women’s single sculls and had two lightweight quadruple sculls titles to her name as well.

So when the chance came to be part of the World Rowing Federation, FISA’s development programme in the Maldives she thought it was a great opportunity to help – and to take a step back from the elite rowing that had dominated her life for several years.

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