Polly Swann

Rower // Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 5th Jun 1988 (28 years old)
Club: Leander
Height: 186.00
Hometown: Edinburgh

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Lottery Funded - UK Sport

Polly Swann has been crowned as World and European Champion during her GB Rowing Team career.

And she is now an Olympic medallist too having helped the women’s eight to a historic silver at the Rio 2016 Games.

It capped a strong return to rowing for Polly, who had missed the 2015 season through injury.

A former World and reigning European Champion, Polly marked her Olympic debut by winning silver with the women's eight in Rio

On The Water

2016

Olympic Silver Medalist Women's Eight

European Champion Women's Eight

2014

European Champion Women's Pair

2013

World Champion Women's Pair

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

Polly returned from injury at the start of the 2016 season and, after finishing runner-up in the women’s pair with Jess Eddie at the GB Rowing Team Trials, was selected in the women’s eight. She helped to secure an eye-catching gold at the European Championships in Brandenburg, with GB surging through to take the victory in a perfectly-judged race. Another thrilling late push at the Lucerne World Cup saw the GB eight go mighty close to overhauling the Olympic and World Champions from the United States and they won silver again at the World Cup in Poznan, this time behind New Zealand.

No British women’s eight had won an Olympic medal before but Polly and her crew-mates ended that wait at Rio 2016 as they took silver in a photo-finish after an epic race that featured another trademark surge through the field in the second half.

Polly started the Olympiad in the women’s pair with newly-crowned Olympic champion Helen Glover. They quickly forged a strong partnership and won World Cup gold in Sydney, Eton Dorney and Lucerne before claiming the World Championship title in convincing fashion in Chungju.

The 2014 season saw Polly win a superb European Championships gold with Helen in Belgrade before switching to the eight, where she won World Cup bronze in both Aiguebelette and Lucerne. The eight could not reproduce that fine form at the World Championships in Amsterdam, though, and had to settle for sixth place.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

After winning gold medals at the European Universities Championships and Home International Regatta in 2009, Polly made her GB Rowing Team debut at the 2010 World U23 Championships in Brest. She finished just outside the medals in the women’s four, having won gold in that boat at the Amsterdam International Regatta and Henley Women’s Regatta.

Polly raced with the senior GB women’s eight at the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta, reaching the final of the Remenham Challenge Cup, and stayed in the boat for the European Championships in Plovdiv, finishing fourth.

Unfortunately, an injury ruled Polly out for the 2012 season.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 W8+
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
W8+
World Rowing Championships
2014 6th W8+
2013 W2-
World Rowing Championships:
2014
6th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2013
W2-
European Rowing Championships
2016 W8+
2014 W2-
2011 4th W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2016
W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2014
W2-
European Rowing Championships:
2011
4th
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan W8+
2016 Lucerne W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
W8+
World U23 Rowing Championships
2010 4th W8+
World U23 Rowing Championships:
2010
4th
W8+
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2014, 2016 2nd W2-
2012 4th W2-
2011 5th W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014, 2016
2nd
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
4th
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2011
5th
W2-

More info...

Club: Leander
Boat: Women’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Paul Thompson
Learnt to Row: George Heriot’s School
Original Club(s): George Heriot’s School BC
Original Coach(es): Jim Wilkinson, James Harris

Beyond the Boat

Polly first started rowing at school when she was 14.

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

Polly is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region
Lancaster Henley-on-Thames Edinburgh Midlothian
Place of Birth:
Lancaster
Current Address:
Henley-on-Thames
Home Town:
Edinburgh
Region:
Midlothian
Date of Birth Weight Height
5th June 1988 79kg 186cm
Date of Birth:
5th June 1988
Weight:
79kg
Height:
186cm
Education
Edinburgh University
Education:
Edinburgh University