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Olivia Joyce

We asked women at Warwick to submit an image of themselves for inclusion in the Warwick Women's Montage and a short description of the challenges they've faced/continue to face and how they're dealing with them.

See Olivia's submission below:

"British Gold Medal at the Indoor Rowing Championships December 2020.

After months of feeling anxious and stressed over our wedding being cancelled last summer and not seeing any family for over a year as they all live abroad, I signed up to the above to give myself some focus. I needed something to get me out of bed in the morning! When I wasn't working I was training. Every day was tough, I was tired of listening to the news or radio, it was all doom and gloom and it made the days challenging. My mental health was hanging on by a thread! Having my training to focus on made me take care of myself as I knew I couldn't do my best unless I was physically and mentally healthy. I achieved something I never thought I could. I'm only a 5'4, 60kg rower, tiny in comparison to world famous rowers! But I decided I would be a 'minibeast' which is now my motto and what I remember when times are tough!

I'm now continuing to challenge myself by training for the World Indoor Rowing Champs at the end of Feb."

Update: Despite lockdown, Olivia won a silver medal at the World Indoor Rowing Championships.

Read more personal stories on the Warwick Women's Montage page.

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