From the water to the hospital ward! GB rower Polly Swann – who missed out on a medal with ‘comeback mum’ Helen Glover – reveals she’ll be back at work as a junior doctor in just a few days’ time
- Swann, 33, missed out on a Tokyo Olympics medal in women’s pairs on Thursday
- Speaking to BBC Olympics afterwards, Swann revealed that she’ll be going back to work as a junior doctor next Wednesday, days flying back to the UK
- During first Covid lockdown, Swann worked on the frontline while juggling her Olympic rowing preparation
- She partnered with Helen Glover, 35, who had hoped to add another gold medal to the two she won in 2012 and 2016
Less than a week from now Team GB rower Polly Swann will be back in her role as an NHS junior doctor, despite competing in an Olympic final today.
The medic, who won silver in Rio in 2016 as part of the women’s eight, narrowly missed out on a podium spot this time around with ‘comeback mum’ partner Helen Glover in the women’s pairs.
The duo finished fourth behind winners New Zealand, the Russian Olympic Committee, and third-placed Canada.
Speaking to Dan Walker and Samantha Quek on BBC Olympics this morning, Swann confirmed that she’d be resuming her medical training in just a few days’ time.
The University of Edinburgh graduate was among the junior doctors who answered the call for frontline workers during the height of last year’s pandemic.
Almost: Swann, 33, (pictured front) missed out on a Tokyo Olympics medal in the women’s rowing pair with partner Helen Glover on Thursday – she’ll now be straight back to Scotland ahead of her medical training resuming next Wednesday
Speaking to BBC Olympics afterwards, Swann revealed that she’ll be going back to work as a junior doctor next Wednesday
Swann was working at St John’s Hospital, Livingston, during the pandemic fightback last year and believes the duo’s story is unique in the rowing world.
Unlike her partner, Glover, who has ruled out a return to the water at Olympic level Swann, who has been both a World and European Champion during her GB Rowing Team said she will continue to go for a medal.
Ahead of the final, Swann posted on Instagram that it was ‘one more run down the track for the #comebackqueens’.
She told Walker and Quek that the pair had faced big individual challenges in trying to juggle their day jobs with a full-on rowing schedule.
‘For Helen, she was looking after three kids. For me I was working in a hospital a year ago today,’ she said after the duo finished in six minutes 54.96 seconds, 4.77secs behind the gold medallists.
Tokyo rules mean athletes need to leave within 48 hours of an event but Swann’s tight schedule means she’s managed to compete without missing NHS work
Swann was working at St John’s Hospital, Livingston, during the pandemic fightback last year. Swann and Glover pictured after their fourth place in the women’s pairs
Disappointment: the duo, who’ve dubbed themselves the ‘comebackqueens’narrowly missed out on a medal placing
Swann told Samantha Quek and Dan Walker on BBC Olympics this morning that during the first Covid lockdown, she’d worked on the frontline while juggling her Olympic rowing preparation
‘I don’t think there’s many people in the Olympic athlete set-up that can say these things and be in a final.
‘We certainly fought our all to try to get on to that podium. I can’t fault our determination for that and more. We got in the boat together and every day since then has been pushing each other to the limit.’
Meanwhile Glover confirmed she was hanging up her oars for good, saying: ‘Well do you know what, in Rio I said it was my last one.
‘This time I’m saying that it definitely is and everyone around me keeps saying: ”No, no, you’ll be back doing the single!”
The rower said she was happily hanging up her oars, saying: ‘I definitely don’t see myself doing the single. That’s definitely not in the pipeline. I never think beyond the finish line so for me I’m just looking forward to getting home and having some downtime.’