Humphreys steps back from national representation

Enniskillen rower Rebecca Humphreys.

Enniskillen rower Rebecca Humphreys.

Having spent the past 4-5 years in the GB Rowing development squad, and on the cusp of full GB honours, Enniskillen oarswoman Rebecca Humphreys has stepped back from the full squad selection process to concentrate on her professional business career.

Former Portora Boat Club member Rebecca has enjoyed much success both nationally and internationally, but in recent times has found it increasingly difficult to invest the time and commitment to compete at the very highest level.

In June this year, 25-year-old Rebecca took up an appointment with London-based business consultancy firm Leyton’s, as a Research and Development Consultant to the Medical and Pharmaceutical industries.

Having settled into her role successfully, she now feels it is time to focus on her professional career.

GB Representative opportunities for female lightweight rowers at the major championships have always been limited, usually restricted to just a single scull and two double scull seats at each event.

Rebecca will continue to compete at c lub and national level.

Attached to the Tideway Scullers School Club, Rebecca lives in Putney adjacent to the River Thames.

As a fully qualified rowing coach, she also invests some time coaching at her club and at local schools.

Rebecca’s successes have included numerous wins at the British National and University Championships, three consecutive victories at the Henley Women’s Regatta, wins at the Metropolitan, Ghent, and Holland Beker International Regattas, as well as at the London Fours Head and London Pairs Head of the River races.

She has represented Great Britain in the European University Championships, winning two silver medals, and also at the World Under-23 Championships in 2011 when she finished fourth.

In 2012 Rebecca was selected to accompany the final leg of the Olympic Torch relay down the River Thames to the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

For several years Rebecca was recognised as the top British University Lightweight female rower and one of the top six Lightweight Women rowers in Great Britain.

Despite invitations to join Rowing Team Ireland, she always remained focussed on gaining recognition in the sport within the Team GB setup.
She is indebted to her many sponsors and supporters who have been instrumental in helping her to achieve so many of her ambitions.

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