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Rower // Women's Squad Date of Birth: 29th May 1992 (27 years old)
Club: Leander Club Hometown: Cheltenham
Inspired by Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins’ fabulous gold medal performance at the London 2012 Olympics, Emily Carmichael took up rowing in 2013.
Determined to follow in her father’s footsteps – Malcolm Carmichael won a bronze medal for Great Britain in the pair at the 1980 Olympic Games – she sought the assistance of his former coach at Upper Thames Rowing Club.
She was soon spotted by coaches from Leander Club, and was invited to join them on a training camp in January 2014.
Since then, Carmichael has demonstrated an impressive talent. In her first season of rowing she reached the semi-final of Henley Women’s Regatta in the single scull, and the semi-final of Henley Royal in the quadruple scull.
By 2016 she had won Henley Women’s in the quad and was selected for the FISU World University Rowing Championships team where she raced the double scull with Rebecca Girling and finished a creditable fourth.
She made her senior GB debut in 2017 in the double scull at the European Rowing Championships, finishing seventh. She competed in the same boat at the World Cups in Poznan and Lucerne, with her best result being eighth.
Carmichael is a two-time British Rowing Indoor Championships gold medallist in the open women’s 2,000m.
A keen sportsperson, Emily grew up around horses and trialled for the GB dressage team. She also had aspirations of becoming a long-distance runner, but ‘I kept growing which was not the most ideal thing’. She hopes to follow a career in elite sport after she retires from rowing, ‘event organisation or working with elite athletes’.
Away from training Emily relaxes by reading or spending time with friends, and is also partial to an episode of Downton Abbey. Her sporting idols are Katherine Grainger, Sir Chris Hoy and Serena Williams – who she admires for her all-round sportsmanship.
Emily is Lottery funded through UK Sport.
On most days, a good heavyweight will beat a good lightweight but that maxim was overturned on the Tideway on Saturday when Leander Club's lightweight quad won the overall title at the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours.