Tom got into rowing five years ago and hasn't looked back since. He talks to Sundried about life as a competitive athlete.
Have you always been into sport?
I've always been involved in sport of some sort from around the age of five. Whether it be rugby, athletics or for the last five or so years rowing, I have always enjoyed both the competition and excitement of competing in sport.
What made you decide to enter the world of rowing?
I entered the world of rowing by chance really; I was given an opportunity to try it out as a new sport and found I really enjoyed it and five years later I'm still competing.
What's been your favourite race to date and why?
My favourite race to date was Junior Inter Regionals competing for the north of England. This was a brilliant event to be involved in as we didn't have to qualify to compete in it which meant that the race had a greater meaning behind it.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
I have had a few racing disasters in my time competing. One of the more memorable ones was racing locally and competing in an older category and winning until I took the wrong stroke and we lost by a bow ball, however we managed to bring it back towards the end.
How do you overcome setbacks?
My advice to overcome setbacks is to keep training and to live as you train with rhythm and determination.
What are your goals for 2018?
My goals for 2018 are to have a successful year in competition and to compete at the same standard at national events representing both club and region as we managed to compete last year.