Sophie Hosking will represent GB at the London 2012 Olympics in the women’s lightweight double scull. With a 5th place in 2010 and a 3rd place bronze in the 2011 World Championships she is one of GB’s big hopes for a medal this summer.
Sophie has been under care at Putney Chiro since late 2011. As you can imagine 3 training sessions a day every day can take its toll and Sophie loves her spinal tune ups which keep her flexible and well connected neurologically to allow her to perform at her best.
Early one wintry Friday morning I joined Sophie on the Thames with her coach, Paul Reedy, head of rowing at London Rowing Club and randomly fellow St Pats College old boy (a small school in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia where we both attended.) It was cold and I could not have physically worn any more clothing with my full ski gear ensemble looking out of place on the river.
Sophie is a well tuned and powerful machine. She weights in at around 57 kgs hence has to pack a lot of strength into her small frame. I was amazed at the metronome like action of her rowing technique and how much power she generates at all different phases of the stroke.
Below are some pics of the morning between Putney Bridge and Kew gardens with the trees lining the Thames covered in fresh snow.
Early March 2012, Drs Luke and Craig headed out to the GB rowing selection trials to support Sophie in the Lightweight Womens Sculls. It was a tough fought race and Sophie placed second behind Kat Copeland the U/23 World Champion, making the performance directors choice of who to put in the boast a tricky one, espcially with Hester Goodsell not competing.