British Rowing issues statement regarding U23 World Rowing Champion Anna Thornton
British rower Anna Thornton was hurt in the fall earlier this month in Seattle, Washington where she is in her third year studying public health. British Rowing issued a statement confirming she was in a “stable but serious condition” and that they are supporting her and her family. Thornton, 21 and from Nottingham, won gold at the U23 World Rowing Championships in the double scull with Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne and the Stonor Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
In a statement, the University of Washington said: “We have been closely monitoring the condition of Anna Thornton, a member of the UW women’s rowing programme who is in a stable but serious condition with injuries resulting from an accident earlier this month. At this time our focus is on supporting her, her family and teammates in any way possible. Anna’s family has requested for their privacy to be respected at this time.”
Anna Thornton and Charlotte Hodgkins Byrne heading to the start at Henley Royal Regatta 2018
Yaz Farooq, the university’s head women’s rowing coach, said: “The thoughts and prayers of the Washington rowing community have been with Anna since her accident. Our team, staff and administrators are focused on doing everything we can to ensure she receives the best possible care. We all miss her dearly at the boathouse and every single one of us is pulling for her.”
Anna Thornton and Charlotte Hodgkins Byrne winning the Stonor Cup at Henley Royal Regatta 2018
The statement from British Rowing said: “We are aware that Anna was involved in an accident in Seattle, USA in early November. Anna is currently studying at the University of Washington and is in a stable but serious condition. At this time our focus is on supporting her and her family in any way possible. Anna’s family has requested for their privacy to be respected at this time and further information will be provided when it is available.”