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Helen Glover’s ‘Mother of All Comebacks’ an Inspiration and Motivation to Millions of Mums

During the Tokyo Olympics, UK Coaching attended a series of ‘Inspiring Communities’ events organised by UK Sport in partnership with The National Lottery, British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, designed to show the excitement being felt in communities across the UK and the inspirational effects that Team GB athletes can have – both in sport participation and beyond

Our first video features double Olympic champion Heather Stanning OBE – who won gold alongside Helen Glover MBE in the women’s coxless pairs in London 2012 and Rio 2016 – and Helen Rowbotham who, as the Director of Rowing Community & Strategy at British Rowing, has led on key initiatives like She Rows and Go Row Indoor.

They discuss how our inspirational Olympians demonstrate that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and have a great coach by your side. That includes balancing the demands of caring for a young family with caring for yourself and making the time to be physically active.

As Heather says: “Regardless of what your goal may be after having a child, it’s all doable, but a lot of people need the confidence, encouragement and inspiration, and I think Helen has provided that inspiration.”

Heather also told us that, while coaches may never get to stand on the winners’ podium at an Olympic or Paralympic Games, they are put on pedestals by their athletes and that her and Helen’s long-time coach Robin Williams was worth his weight in gold.

She told us that it would have been impossible for her and Helen to have achieved the consistent level of international success they enjoyed in their rowing career without having a great coach by their side who understood the importance of taking a holistic approach to their development.

Paying tribute to ‘best coach in the world’ Robin she says: “As a coach, it’s not just about the sport and the output. Robin looked at us holistically. There was a whole wraparound care and he looked after us off the water as well. Our physical and mental well-being and the happiness of our families was equally important to him.”

Watch the full video.

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