Rodford calls time on rowing career

Beth Rodford has called time on a glittering rowing career which included winning the World Championships in 2010.

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Beth Rodford, pictured third from left, won World gold in 2010 in the women's quad. Picture: Copyright Intersport Images

The Gloucester RC rower who turns 33 in a few weeks’ time said:  “The people that I have met, the things that I have done and the friends that I have made through rowing will stay with me forever.”

“I know now that you can achieve anything if you really put your mind to it. There were times in my career when I was told I might not make it and that’s when you have to dig deep, trust yourself and also the positive voices around you.  I would say to all aspiring rowers that you should believe in your own abilities and not your doubters.”

Rodford’s decision to bring the curtain down on her international rowing career has come after a dip in form in the past 15 months.

“I’m not where I want to be and I’m not getting the results I need to make it back to the top level so it’s time for a change.  I think you know when it is time to move on”, she said.

The twice Olympian who made her debut at the World Championships in Gifu, Japan, in 2005 in the women’s eight is seeking to extend her coaching commitments and to branch out into teaching PE. She is currently working with crews at Pangbourne College as well as continuing with her passion for baking.

She has long been the go-to person for anyone in the GB Rowing Team squad who needed a cake for a special celebration.
Paul Thompson, Chief Coach for Women and Lightweights, said: “You would be hard pressed to find a more diligent rower than Beth. She has been a part of our squad for a decade and has been an U23 and senior world champion and raced at two Olympic Games. I wish her all the best in her future and am sure she will make a great coach”

Rodford was full of praise for the GB Rowing Team coaches and support staff who have been there throughout to support her.

“They work so hard to keep us fit, to motivate us and to help us to get back to training when we have been injured.  A big ‘thank-you’ to all of them”.

Rodford also paid tribute to Gloucester Rowing Club. “I learnt to row there and I’ve represented them throughout my career. The club and it’s members have always been so supportive and encouraging, and I’m proud to have worn their colours and will continue to do so as Club President”.

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