Birthdate26 Feb 1996
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Rising Star – December 2019
Twenty-three-old British sculler Imogen Grant took up rowing after a cocktail party and has never looked back. She's rowed in the famous Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race while a medical student and this year earned a World Rowing Cup gold and a World Rowing Championship bronze.
The best of this year's medals was... definitely the World Champs bronze - this was my first year in the senior team and we didn't have long together as a crew (lightweight double sculls) before the Championships. When we crossed the line I had no idea we had won a medal, so seeing '3: GBR' on the board my reaction was pure shock and joy. It made me so excited for the year to come.
I took up rowing at... university. In fresher's week [orientation] my college boat club (First and Third Trinity Boat Club) holds a cocktail night. If I signed up for a rowing taster session I got two free drinks. I signed up, intending to get the free drinks and not go to the taster session, but felt guilty and went anyway. When I was there, I really enjoyed it, so kept going!
On rowing for Cambridge University or Great Britain... both are very intense, but in different ways. At Cambridge you are training for the Boat Race, so 5kms are more important, and you have the challenge of balancing a very demanding academic degree with high performance training. At team GB, there is more time to do more training, and take better recovery, as well as more time on camp.
Balancing rowing with medical studies was... ok in the preclinical years because it was similar to any other undergraduate degree. My fourth year at Cambridge was very difficult, as I had to juggle clinical placements at a hospital 1.5 hours away by car with the same training as the previous years. Right now, my medical degree is on hold while I train with GB, but I am doing a Masters in Obstetrics and Gynaecology instead. My studies definitely give me a scientific insight and approach to the training we do, and means that I often ask 'why?' to understand each session.
I have fond memories of... training on the river in Ely (where Cambridge trains). When the weather is nice, it's the best place to row in the world. I miss being able to row out uninterrupted for as long as you want, with cows on the bank and beautiful sun. Sometimes we had to watch out for swans though!
Another favourite course is... Rotterdam. It reminds me of the Fens where I grew up, and I have good memories winning the World Cup lightweight women’s single sculls in one of the slowest time ever!
The best rowing advice I've ever been given is... put the blade in the wet bit.
In my downtime I try to... do work or read to keep my brain in gear. We don't get a lot of time off, so when we do I try to make the most of it by doing things I couldn't do otherwise, like staying up late at a concert or play.
This year, the focus is on... the Olympics. After that, I have two more years to complete at Cambridge to finish my medical degree. Many things change after a big event, but I am not done with rowing yet.
For Christmas I... usually I go skiing with my family, but this year I will spend it in London with my boyfriend. A time for relaxation, recovery, and presents.