My brother was a competitive rower, and that’s how I got into varsity rowing. The rowing community have some really nice and supportive people. There’s just a lot of positive, high energy all around in the sport. The fact that you need to push yourself – both physically and mentally – makes the sport really refreshing.
In a typical race, it’s 2,000 meters long, and you’re going down the course as fast as you can, as hard as you can. When you are working together as a team, it is a powerful feeling. Every time you put in long distances, your hands suffer. Every two weeks I get blisters, followed by callus formation, then it falls off and the whole process starts again.