Sports Scholars 2016/17 - Camilla Plumb, Rowing

Posted by nats2 at Jul 04, 2017 09:36 AM |
Camilla gives us her update on her first year as a Gold Sports Scholar at Leicester

‘The programme boosted my confidence because I know I do have people around me that want to see me achieve and are willing to help me so that I can achieve my full potential.’

Camilla Plumb - Sports Scholar

Name: Camilla Plumb

Studying: Law

Sport: Rowing

Scholarship: Gold

The scholarship which I was awarded back at the start of the academic year has benefitted me greatly. The ongoing support I have received from Elizabeth Jennings has been much appreciated. Whether it be me asking Liz for specific details about the gym or asking for a member of staff to help me in the gym with testing, this extra support has given me a support network which has been brilliant considering I do not have a coach. The programme boosted my confidence because I know I do have people around me that want to see me achieve and are willing to help me so that I can achieve my full potential.

Over the past academic year, I was proud to represent the University at BUCS small boats head at Boston in November in which I finished 6th in the lightweight women’s single sculls meaning that I picked up some BUCS points for Leicester. This was a great personal achievement for me because it was my first BUCS event and at the same time it was the GB U23 lightweight trials. I performed well at these trials picking up 3rd fastest U20 lightweight women and therefore was invited to February trials.

GB trials in February went well with me finishing as one of the leading women, however a knee injury kept me from being able to go to the U23 GB trials at Caversham in April. I unfortunately sprained my LCL whilst training which meant that the intensity of my training had to be significantly reduced over those crucial few weeks. However, the gold scholarship really helped me in this time because it meant that I could take the opportunity to use some of my physiotherapy sessions which I am entitled to as part of the scholarship programme. My physio gave me exercises in which I could use to strengthen my knee and this really helped speed up my recovery time.

On the 16th-18th June I shall be racing in the women’s lightweight single scull at Women’s Henley, the biggest Women’s Regatta in the country. I have high hopes to do well at this event and show that I have developed as an athlete and increased my boat speed over the season thanks to the facilities and help that the gold scholarship has given me. I have also entered in the Henley Royal Regatta which takes place at the end of June. This event is the one of the most famous rowing events in the world which will see the world’s best athletes racing. My development over the year has meant that I have enough sculling points to enter into this.

The funding which I received as part of my gold scholarship has been very helpful. With this money, I have been able to purchase a new heart rate monitor and a heart rate monitor strap to go with it. I have also bought a set of high-tech weighing scales which are crucial in my preparation for events due to me representing the sport as a lightweight woman which means that I need to keep a close eye on my body composition and weight. The remaining money has helped me upkeep my equipment, including respraying of my blades and general upkeep of my boat, as well as helping cover some travel costs. This funding has been fantastic and without it none of this work would have been achieved.

In July, I hope to row fast enough at the Team England trials so that I can represent the country at the Home International Regatta for the second year running. My development through the season thanks to the help from the scholarship programme has meant that I am in a great position to do well at these trials.

Think you have what it takes to become of the University’s elite sports scholars? Find out more about our programme here. All applications must be submitted by 5pm 29th August 2017.

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