Selkirk rower Maddie Arlett has made it to the final of the Women’s Lightweight Quadruple Skulls event at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships.
The 21-year-old Edinburgh University student and her GB teammates came second in this mornings heat, held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, putting them straight through to Saturday’s A Final.
“If somebody told me at the start of the year I would be racing for GB at the Under-23 World Championships I would have never believed them,” said Maddie.
“I felt strong going into the first race. I had no expectations and didn’t underestimate any crew around me. All I know is that my crew is hard as nails and we have worked hard to get here. I trust them all with my life.”
A product of Selkirk High School Maddie only took up rowing when starting University but has been making waves since, one of her most recent endeavours saw her and her team take the honours in the elite lightweight quad section at Henley Women’s Regatta.
With the other women’s heat being faster this morning however Maddie and her team know they will have to fight hard for a place this weekend.
“The fear for me is mostly based around the feeling that I know I will have to push myself over and above any physical limit I have reached in my time rowing, she added.
“To race amongst the best in the world means there is no other option but to do that.
“We have a lot of work to do in the final on Saturday but I am willing to go to that unknown physical limit. If not now, when is right?”
“I appreciate all of the support I have been getting back home, It means a lot to me.”