May 14, 2021

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‘It’s for you’: Helen Glover dedicates European Championships gold to her children


Helen Glover dedicates gold at European Championships to her children after winning women’s duet with Polly Swan to complete her dream comeback to rowing

  • Helen Glover dedicated her medal at the European Championships to her children
  • Glover made a dream comeback to rowing by winning the women’s duo
  • There is no guarantee that she will be paired with Helen Glover at the Olympics

Super mom Helen Glover dedicated her gold at the European Championships to her three children after completing a dream comeback to rowing in Italy on Sunday.

The two-time Olympic champion took time after Rio 2016 to start a family and only announced her return in January ahead of this summer’s Tokyo Games.

But in her first regatta in almost five years, Glover won the women’s duo with Polly Swann and now looks certain to fulfill her ambition of becoming the first mother to be part of a British Olympic rowing team.

Helen Glover (left) won the women’s duet with Polly Swann (right) at the European Championships

Glover, mom to Logan, two, and one-year-old twins Kit and Bo, then posted a photo of her gold medal on social media and wrote: ‘Logie bear, little Kit, my Bo. This is for you. ‘

The 34-year-old added: ‘I asked my mom if she could film the kids watching, but I’m not sure if she was successful with the technology and three little ones!

“I was thinking today, ‘Am I going to be successful on the track? Which is ridiculous as I do every day in training. But something about the race brings those doubts to the surface.

Glover said the victory was for his children, Logan, two, and one-year-old twins Kit and Bo

Glover said the victory was for his children, Logan, two, and one-year-old twins Kit and Bo

“Now I’ve crushed it all and I can go ahead and be the athlete I know I am. Next time I’m sitting at the start line of a final almost everything will be erased. . “

Glover and Swann, a qualified doctor who worked in a hospital in Scotland during the coronavirus pandemic last year, qualified for the women’s couple’s final in Varese by winning their race on Friday.

And they emulated their triumph together at the 2013 World Championships and 2014 Europeans on Sunday by fending off a late challenge from Romania with Spain finishing third.

Swann said the success was 'epic' but it is uncertain whether she will be paired with Glover in Tokyo.

Swann said the success was ‘epic’ but it is uncertain whether she will be paired with Glover in Tokyo.

Swann, 32, said: ‘It’s pretty epic. I don’t think we came here hoping to win, especially with Helen coming back and it’s been 2015 since our last race together.

There’s no guarantee the pair will stay together for Tokyo – but Swann added: “ Fortunately, we don’t have to make any decisions. We’ll see what the selectors decide.

“ There is an air of mystery with Helen coming back and obviously playing at such a high level so early on. We’ll see what our best options are. For now, we’re happy to be part of the pair. ”

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