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Rower // Women's Squad Date of Birth: 23rd Jan 1994 (28 years old)
Club: CUWBC/Isle of Ely Height: 182cm Hometown: Slimbridge
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Graduate of British Rowing's World Class Start programme, Holly Hill is a double medallist at U23 level and winner of the 2017 Women's Boat Race.
After joining the highly successful World Class Start programme in 2013, Hill spent her first year at Cambridge University learning to scull. The following year she switched to sweep rowing and raced in the 2015 Women’s Boat Race. In 2017 Holly and her crew triumphed over Oxford by 11 lengths, setting a new course record in the process.
On the international stage Holly has won bronze and silver medals at U23 level, and made her debut with the GB Rowing Team senior squad at the 2017 World Cup in Lucerne, racing in the women’s four. She went on to race in the women’s pair with Cambridge teammate Melissa Wilson at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, finishing fourth.
In the 2019 season Holly has raced in the four and the pair, winning bronze in the latter with Polly Swann at World Cup III.
Holly first signed up to the World Class Start programme after being inspired by watching Helen Glover and Heather Stanning and Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger win gold at the London 2012 Olympics.
She has recently started learning to play the guitar and the piano, which give her something different to focus on and allow her to disconnect from the physical fatigue of rowing. She is also fascinated by politics and spends hours reading opinion pieces on what’s going on in the world, which she says is possibly more exhausting than the rowing…!
As Women's Sport Week 2016 concludes, aspiring Olympians Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne and Holly Hill tell us how the GB Rowing Team Start programme is helping them fulfil their potential.