Peterborough’s Adam Neill is hopeful his injury nightmare is now firmly behind him after claiming a silver medal at the British Rowing Championships.
Neill joined the great and the good of British rowing at Nottingham’s Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre for two days of action-packed sport.
However, his adventure didn’t get off to the best of starts as the 25-year-old, representing Leander Club, finished sixth in the coxless fours final on the Saturday.
But Neill’s fortunes improved 24 hours later as he returned to secure a silver medal in the eights finishing behind Oxford Brookes.
And, after almost a year on the sidelines due to injury, the former King’s School pupil admitted it was great to be back on the podium.
“It’s really good to be here at the British Championships, it’s my third time now. I really enjoy it every time,” he said.
“It’s really cool to get on the start with the guys from the club and also to compete against Great Britain Olympians. It’s a good chance to pit yourself against them.
“I was training with a lot of the established guys last year but then I got an injury so it was good to come back for this regatta as I haven’t raced much during the last nine months.
“I’ve had a back injury on and off for the last three or four years, but it flared up a little bit this year.
“So I did a lot of rehab but not so much racing this year and I’m back fit and ready to go now.
“I did this race last year and then I trained for another three months and then I got injured.
“It’s really weird to be back here a year later, basically my first race again. I’m excited to get going again this season and see where it leaves me.”
The next challenge is the British senior trials this weekend and, after blowing the cobwebs away in style, Neill is champing at the bit to get going again.
“We’ve got trials coming up which are pretty important,” he added. “I need to make sure I get myself back. It’s a 2km ergo test and then a 5km on the water so it’s important to do well in a boat race.
“Next year is obviously Olympic year so I’m just going to try and get myself as good as I can be and see how it leaves me.
“I guess the longer plan is 2020, but for now I’m just trying to be the best I can be.”