Vicky Thornley ends her season early missing World Rowing Championships
Vicky Thornley has announced today that she is withdrawing from the World Rowing Championships being held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in just under 4 weeks time.
In a video released by British Rowing this evening, Thornley says in her statement “sometimes the desire to be the best overrides the feeling that you may be working a little bit too hard and I haven’t been able to pull it back in time”. There is no further clarification from BR but we must assume that one of Team GB’s most senior athletes is suffering from overtraining.
Thornley has not had the greatest of international seasons placing fifth in Belgrade and fouth in Linz. She didn’t race at World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne owing to the proximity to Henley where she lost in the semi-final to Australia’s Madeleine Edmunds. Thornley withdrew from the recent European Championships held in Glasgow two days before the opening rounds.
Victoria Thornley photographed at Caversham
As one of the most senior and high profile athletes on the British Rowing roster, the untimely end to Vicky Thornley’s season will be much lamented. When WEROW spoke to Thornley just prior to Belgrade she was full of hope and optimism and excitement about the upcoming season having had a solid winter training block. No doubt there will be more information to come but one has to wonder how an athlete of Thornley’s calibre and experience can have ended her season this way.
Vicky Thornley’s statement in full:
“I was hoping that I would now be ready to prepare and race the World Championships however this is not the case so I am having to end my season prematurely. It’s obviously a really tough decision to make however I’ve made the decision along with the support of the medical team and my coach Paul Reedy.
This is obviously a huge blow for me not be able to race but however sometimes the desire to be the best overrides the feeling that you may be working a little bit too hard and I haven’t been able to pull it back in time. It’s a really uncomfortable position to be in at this time of the season of course it is, but I will learn from this and I’m hoping I will come back a better and stronger athlete because of it.
I want to wish the team the best of luck for the upcoming championships in this period of training but for now, I need to rest and recover my body and then look forward to get back into training in September for the 2019 season.”