Lauren Henry

Sport:
Rowing
Level:
GO GOLD Ambassador
NGB:
British Rowing
District:
Harborough
School:
Rugby High School
Achievements from Application:
  • Selected to represent Great Britain at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo

This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Harborough District Leisure Trust

Blog

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Back on the water!

3rd Apr, 2021

I have been lucky to have a really strong period of training. Last Saturday, I did a 2000m test on the rowing machine and got a new PB! I was really pleased that all the hard training I have been doing whilst in lockdown paid off! Especially considering I had only been doing proper training sessions on the rowing machine for three weeks, after having nearly four months training on a turbo trainer twice a day due to a rib stress fracture. This week I have been able to get back out in my single and it is so lovely to get back out on the water! My coach and I are really happy with my training at the minute and are very excited for upcoming racing, in particular the trials for the U23 World Championships, in late May.

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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February training

1st Mar, 2021

I have had a really solid month of training! My rib injury rehab is going very well and I am back to doing long stints of steady work on the rowing machine. I have continued to do lots of tough work on my bike and I did an FTP test a couple of days ago. The improvement I have seen since the end of November when I first started training on the bike is remarkable, my FTP was 259W (4.3W/kg) when I started and is now 284W (4.75W/kg) and it's so nice to see that I have managed to use my injury to get fitter than I have ever been!! I am so incredibly excited to put all the extra fitness I have gained while I have been injured to good use when I can get back into my boat and racing!

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Lockdown 3 Training

31st Jan, 2021

I have been fortunate to have a really solid block of training at home this month! I have done some really solid miles on the bike and with some brilliant Vo2 max sessions and some really good endurance focused weights as well!! I have also been able to get back to doing some training on the rowing machine after my rib stress fracture which is a great step in the right direction! Thank you once again to LRS for all their continued help and support!

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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December training

31st Dec, 2020

Unfortunately, I found out that I had a rib stress fracture in November but I have been really fortunate to be able to train on the bike. I have been on my turbo and I’ve done some really strong but tough sessions and had a brilliant training block which I have been really happy with! I am confident that I am fitter now than before I got injured! I have also been able to do some good strength and conditioning in the gym – while I may not be able to go back to the gym for a while, I have enough equipment to get me through!! Thankfully my rib is healing well and I am hopeful for a better 2021! Thank you once again to LRS for their continued support.

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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November 2020

28th Nov, 2020

I have been struggling with rib pain for a while now, and despite having worked hard with my physio, I have been unable to train fully pain-free. An MRI has revealed that I have a healing stress fracture in one of my ribs. Unfortunately, I am unable to row for at least a month but I am still allowed to train on the bike which is great as I can keep my aerobic fitness up. Thankfully, this has come at the right time for me to hopefully be fully recovered and back stronger than ever for GB trials in February.

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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October Training

25th Oct, 2020

My training has been going really well this month and I have been making great progress in my times both on the water and the rowing machine. I have a couple of upcoming tests on the rowing machine to submit data for GB U23s and I am feeling confident that I should be able to get some good PBs! Unfortunately, it is unlikely that I will be unable to attend any on water races until 2021. However, I have been very lucky to do some very competitive training pieces every Sunday, racing some of the male scullers at the club and both my coach and I have been very happy with the times I have been posting!

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Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Training in September

29th Sep, 2020

I have been lucky to have a really good couple of weeks worth of training since the new season started in September. Unfortunately, I still haven’t been able to race due to COVID restrictions and it looks uncertain as to when we will be able to finally race again. In the mean time, I have been doing some more “competitive” training by doing some higher intensity sessions, of 3 × 1750m, with some male scullers of similar speeds.

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Training back in Leicester

31st Aug, 2020

Thankfully, we have been allowed back on the water in Leicester for a couple of weeks now! My training has been going really well and I am very happy with how my times are looking. I still have a few months before any racing though, as GB trials are in February but I will probably have the chance to do some domestic racing before then though!

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Training out of Nottingham

30th Jul, 2020

Unfortunately, the Leicester lockdown has meant that the rowing club has had to close for the time being. However, I’m very lucky that I live about 15 miles out of the city and my coach is also unaffected, so I have been able to take my boat home and then we have been able to train out of Nottingham. It also served as a very nice change of water and scenery!! Big thanks to my parents for giving up most of their weekend ferrying myself and boat up to Nottingham!

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Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Back on the water!!

3rd Jun, 2020

Last weekend, I was able to get back out on the water in my boat! It was so nice to get back to doing what I love and clock up some good miles! I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I felt really comfortable in my boat. My blisters on my hands tell a different story though!!

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Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Training in lockdown

27th May, 2020

I am continuing to train the best I can at home so that I am ready to go once proper training resumes again. Thankfully, I have a rowing machine, a bike and some weights at home and I have been running so I have been able to have variety within in my training. I have also taken the opportunity to really focus on my core and some body weight exercises, like press ups, which were probably not as good as they could have been prior to lockdown. But due to the extra time I now have as I have finished school as I am in Yr13, I have been able to dedicate some additional time every evening to improving them and stretching and foam rolling. Hopefully the rowing club is going to open within the next week or two so I can get out in my boat again!!

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Training at home

27th Apr, 2020

Unfortunately, virtually every competition, both domestic and international has been cancelled. I'm still training as normal though to ensure that I'm in the best place possible come the start of next season. I've doing mostly training on the rowing machine and the bike as well as a couple of S&C sessions each week. Hopefully I will get back out on the water soon.

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Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Training at home

30th Mar, 2020

Due to the current situation, at the moment I am using the lockdown to get in lots of good training at home. I am doing two sessions each day, either on the rowing machine or the bike and two days I week I am doing an S&C session. I feel very fortunate to have equipment at home to allow me to follow a fairly "normal" training regime - although without actually rowing, so I'm going to try and make the most of the situation and improve as much as I can!!

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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February 2020

27th Feb, 2020

After an incredibly difficult period of training, dealing with my first injury - a suspected rib stress fracture and other illnesses, I have finally been able to get back into my boat and train normally for the past three weeks. Whilst I struggled mentally with the prospect of being out of a boat, I was fortunate to be able to maintain my fitness by cross training on a spinning bike and have been able to pick up where I left off before Christmas. This is the first time I've been injured and despite the unpleasantness of the situation, I have come out as a stronger, smarter and more mature athlete!! I am also very excited to be one of five U23 scullers to have gained a direct invitation to GB U23 Trials in April!! To make it even better, I'm the youngest athlete invited out of any of the disciplines!!

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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January 2020

1st Feb, 2020

Unfortunately, for the last five weeks I have been out of a boat, due to a suspected rib stress fracture meaning all my training had to be on a spinning bike with running being allowed after a couple of weeks. Thankfully this seems to have cleared up now, and I am confident that I will be able to get back in a boat in the next couple of days.

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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December 2019

22nd Dec, 2019

I have been fortunate to have a really great month of training in December!! My highlights were going on a GB U23 sculling camp where I felt I put in some really good performances over the week!! Now some time to wind down over the festive period before ramping it up again in the new year!! Once again a massive thanks to LRS for supporting me this year!!

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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November 2019

2nd Dec, 2019

In November I competed at my first GB U23 trials, as I have now moved up from the junior age group. I was the youngest competitor there but I was determined to prove that my form from last year had continued. The river was fast flowing due to recent flooding, something which I'm not used to. I set off well but unfortunately hit a tree and fell in with 1km left to go which was extremely frustrating and disappointing. However I recorded the fastest first half time of all the U23s (as a 17 year old), which was extremely promising as I previously have been significantly quicker in my second half than my first half. I was delighted to find out a couple of days ago that my performance was deemed impressive enough to be invited to the GB U23 training camp the week before Christmas!!

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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October 2019

31st Oct, 2019

I raced for the first time this season at the Nottingham Autumn Scullers Head. Despite the River Trent being particularly difficult due to the amount of stream and being less experienced with the steering on this particular stretch than a lot of the other scullers, I managed to win both the women's Junior and the overall women's title. I was particularly excited as I am the first junior to win the race overall for either gender. I am racing next at the GB Senior and U23 Trials at Boston, which will be a really good challenge as I will be racing the Olympic squad as well as some of the U23s who have been to the World Championships!!!

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Training

30th Sep, 2019

Since coming back from a slightly disappointing result at my first World Championships, I have been training really hard this month to prepare myself for the upcoming GB senior and U23 trials at the start of November, which is the first step on the path this season to hopefully achieving my goal of being one of the youngest ever rowers from GB to compete at the U23 World Championships next year.

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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World Rowing Junior Championships

3rd Aug, 2019

After extensive trials starting in October last year, I am delighted to have been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Rowing Junior Championships in the junior women's double scull with Liv Morgan in Tokyo from August 7-11. We flew out to Tokyo two days ago after a two week training camp in the UK.

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Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Henley Women’s Regatta (2/2)

28th Jun, 2019

Cont... In the final we went all out with the aim of not only winning but setting a new course record. We had an excellent row and beat our opposition in the final very comfortably. We were delighted to find out we had set a new course record that was 9 seconds quicker than the previous record and only 2 seconds off the fastest double ever which was set last year by two girls who have multiple junior and u23 medals and were both u23 World Champions when they set the record. We were awarded the Rosie Mayglothing trophy and are the first juniors to have ever won it!! We were also the first people from our respective clubs to win at Henley Women's. This result hopefully puts us both in a very strong position before selection for the World Junior Championships in Tokyo, which happens in two weeks time!!

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Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Henley Women’s Regatta (1/2)

28th Jun, 2019

On the 21-23 June, I raced at Henley Women's Regatta. I was racing in a double with Liv Morgan from Shiplake College, and unable to enter the junior category due to be being a composite crew of GB trialists, we raced in the aspirational double sculls category, meant for senior crews. We had a really good time trial, and not only won by 9 seconds over a course that takes just over 5 minutes, but beat all the Championship crews as well, one of which contained a senior World Championships bronze medalist. We eased our way through the heat, quarter and semi final being able to ease off before halfway to conserve energy. Cont...

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Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Munich Junior Regatta day 2

6th May, 2019

On day 2 of the Munich Junior Regatta, I raced in the quad sculls with Liv Morgan, Jess Read and Emma Dabinett. Once again all the top European nations were entered, this time there were 12 entries, so the top 3 boats from each heat would make the final. Competition was fierce, and the race would be the second time we had ever rowed in this combination, and the first time we would be racing. We came through our heat comfortably, and then went back to the hotel to relax. We were the 5th fastest qualifiers into the final so we knew we were going to have a tough race on our hands. Despite having a problem at the start, we recovered well and had a really gutsy race to move from last place after the start to win a bronze medal in the final stages of the race!!

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Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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Munich Junior Regatta day 1

6th May, 2019

I was selected to represent GB at the Munich Junior Regatta on the 4th and 5th of May. All the top European nations, plus crews from Asia were present. On the Saturday I was racing in a double sculls with Liv Morgan. This was our first 2km race together, and compared to other crews, were a relatively new combination. There were 18 crews in our event and only 6 boats could make the medal final so racing was intense. We raced our heat on Saturday morning, and comfortably made the A-final. We then had a couple of hours to relax before the final. We were in 4th place at halfway, but worked our way through the field to take the silver medal, behind Germany but ahead of the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland and Germany's second boat. This is the best result GB has had in this event for some years!!!

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Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

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GB Junior trials

27th Apr, 2019

On 26 April, I raced at the final GB junior trials for this year, where the all the top juniors in the country race for GB selection in the summer. The format of the event was meant to be a time trial over 1900m on the Friday evening, which would seed crews for 2000m semis and finals on Saturday. However due to Storm Hannah, Saturday's racing was called off before the event, so all was to play for in the time trial. Having won the three previous trials this year, I was keen to keep up my winning streak, especially as a good performance massively increases chances my chances of being selected for the World Championships in Tokyo. I had a really strong race, and was delighted to find out that I had once again won the trial, with a very comfortable 6.5 second margin to the second placed sculler!

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