Rowing golden girl who was born in Lancaster

One of Britain’s rowing heroes from the successful World Championships is from Lancaster.

Polly Swann powered her way to victory in the women’s pair with London 2012 gold medalist Helen Glover in Chungju, South Korea on Saturday.

Helen Glover, left, and Polly Swann of England celebrate after winning the women's pair final event of the World Rowing Championships in Chungju, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Helen Glover, left, and Polly Swann of England celebrate after winning the women's pair final event of the World Rowing Championships in Chungju, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The duo, who teamed up after Glover’s Olympic partner Heather Stanning rejoined the army, stormed away from the field to win in seven minutes 22.82 seconds to finish the season unbeaten.

“Usually we go out quite hard and we’re used to having a lead from the start,” 25-year-old Swann told the BBC after the race.

“We didn’t have that today but we’ve trained hard all year and keep going through different scenarios of what ifs, what might happen in the race.

“One of them was that we weren’t going to be ahead at the start and that happened today but we kept going and stepped up the intensity, just kept pushing regardless and it’s a bit breezy out today which stood us in really good stead.

“It was a great race and I’m so pleased to be able to row with Helen.

“It’s been such a good season.”

The pair’s victory was no surprise, edging Romania into second with New Zealand in third, after they had won three World Cup events in the build up to the championships.

The triumph was all the more sweet for the Edinburgh-based Swann after she was unable to compete at London 2012 in the women’s eight due to a back injury and she will now have her eyes firmly set on the next games in Rio in 2016.

The medical student is the daughter of Dr David and Sally Swann who met while working at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Her father’s work took the family to the Scottish capital when she was only months old but she retains strong ties to the area with family members who she regularly visits still living in the district, including grandmother Barbara McInnis, who lives in Torrisholme.