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Rower // Women's Squad Date of Birth: 3rd Dec 1989 (32 years old)
Club: Molesey Boat Club Height: 182cm Hometown: Fareham
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Rebecca Girling is part of a new cohort of rowers stepping up to join the GB Rowing Team senior squad for the Tokyo Olympiad.
Girling took up rowing whilst studying for a degree in psychology at Cardiff University.
Representing Cardiff City she won the elite pairs at Henley Women’s Regatta in 2013, and continued her training at Molesey Boat Club where she was able to trial for Great Britain. Together with Emily Carmichael, Girling was selected for the 2016 FISU World University Championships where she finished a creditable fourth in the women’s double sculls.
She made her senior international debut in 2017, finishing sixth in the women’s pair at the World Rowing Cup in Poznan and then seventh in the women’s four at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton.
To relax after training, Girling can usually be found baking in the kitchen at home, or watching TV with her housemates – The Great British Bake Off is usually a crowd pleaser.
A practical person, Girling would request a penknife and picnic blanket if marooned on a desert island, along with a bible. Her ideal dinner party guests would include Mother Teresa, Jesus and Michelle Obama, and she would love to try her hand at ballet.
She is a trained social worker and would like to pursue this as a career when she finishes rowing. A little-known fact about her is that she can speak basic sign language.
Girling is Lottery funded through UK Sport.