Student eyes Olympic glory

Medical student Polly Swann is hoping she can shake off injury and be named in the Team GB women’s eight rowing team.

Polly, who took up the sport aged 14, is currently on a two-year study break to allow her to prepare for this summer’s Games.

The team will be named on 6 June, but Polly’s chances of inclusion have been affected by a back injury.

I’ve been through a rehabilitation programme, trying to get back to full fitness and that has gone quite smoothly. I think it’s great that the University has given me this opportunity to take part in the Olympic Games.

Polly SwannTeam GB rower

Video interview

In this film, Polly reveals what Olympic success would mean to her.

Training wth Katherine Grainger

Polly has been training alongside six-times World Champion Katherine Grainger, who started rowing while studying law at Edinburgh.

Katherine is hoping to add to her three Olympic silver medals when she competes in the women’s double sculls, with partner Anna Watkins.

Sport at the University of Edinburgh