Polly Swann

 Polly Swann

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
Polly's 2014 season got off to a great start at the European Championships in Belgrade where, racing in the women's pair with Helen Glover, she secured a superb gold medal to become the European Champion to add to her 2013 World title in this event.  At the second World Cup in Aiguebelette Polly moved to the women's eight where she and the crew raced hard to secure the bronze.  She went on to repeat this performance at the final World Cup in Lucerne, winning another fine bronze in the eight. Polly was then selected to race in the women's eight at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. At the Championships the crew gained a hard-earned Final place but could not find the form that had won them a medal in each of the summer events and finished 6th.

For the 2013 Season Polly raced in the women’s pair with Helen Glover.  They were unbeaten throughout the World Rowing Cup series, winning strong gold medals at all three regattas.  They doubled up into the women’s eight at the first World Cup in Sydney where they finished fourth.  At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Polly won a convincing gold medal with Helen, securing her first World Championship title.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials, Polly raced in the women's pair with Jo Cook, finishing 4th. Unfortunately an injury ruled Polly out of racing for the 2012 Season.

At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials, Polly raced with Monica Relph, finishing 5th in the women’s pair.  She went on to race in the GB women's eight at Henley Royal Regatta, making the final of the Remenham Challenge Cup. At the 2011 European Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Polly raced in the women's eight finishing 4th.

In 2010 Polly won gold in the U23 women's four at the Amsterdam International Regatta and followed this by winning the Elite women’s four at Henley Women's Regatta.  Polly finished her 2010 Season by racing in the women's four at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Brest, Belarus, finishing 4th.  

In 2009 Polly won gold in the women's pair and silver in the eight at the EUSA Championships.  She took gold in the same boats at the Home International Regatta.

Polly first started rowing at school when she was 14.

Beyond the Boat

She is currently studying Medicine at Edinburgh University and when she's not rowing or studying she enjoys music, reading, cookery (in particular baking scones and cakes) and spending time with friends and family.

Polly is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Place of Birth: Lancaster
Current Address: Henley-on-Thames
Home Town: Edinburgh
Region(s): Mid Lothian
Personal information
Date of Birth: 5th June 1988
Weight: 79kg
Height: 186cm
Education: Edinburgh University
Rowing information
Club: Leander
Boat: Women's Squad
Role: Rower

Paul Thompson

Learnt to Row: George Heriot's School
Original Club(s): George Heriot's School BC
Original Coach(es):

Jim Wilkinson, James Harris

GB Competitive Record
This Season's Results

World Rowing Championships


6th W8+


Gold W2-
World Rowing U23 Championships
2010 4th W4-
European Rowing Championships
2014 Gold W2-
2011 4th W8+
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2014 2nd W2-
2012 4th W2-
2011 5th W2-