Neasa Russell: The talent spotter

Russell quit her job in engineering for an apprentice coaching position in Rowing Ireland. Now the Galway woman is leading the talent recruitment programme for the British Olympic medal machine

16th April, 2017
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Lizzy Yarnold: winner of a gold medal in the skeleton at the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 Picture: Getty

Helen Glover is a reigning world and Olympic rowing champion. She is the top-ranked female rower in the world and along with her former partner Heather Stanning, who retired after Rio, she shot to fame in 2012 when they won the first gold medal for Team GB at the London Olympics.

Up until four years before that medal win, Glover had never even set foot inside a rowing boat. A former cross-country runner and hockey player,...

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