MY BOOK

Learnings From Five Olympic Games is the accumulation of my notes and learnings from over my 21 year career and the story of how I applied them.

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I was the first British woman to be selected for five consecutive Olympic Games in rowing, and only the fifth woman in any sport to achieve this mark for Team GB.

Over my 21 year career I won three Olympic silver medals, four World Championship golds, and held two world records, all in different teams and under four different coaches. But ‘success’ is an external interpretation of what people see from the outside. It doesn’t convey the internal lived experience.

Learnings from Five Olympic Games is a handbook of my performance learnings. Every element that lay behind creating my ultimate race is distilled into simple points – from the characteristics of the best teams I was in and how we built trust, to how I learnt to handle nerves and my go-to mantras. 

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Stories and illustrations are interspersed throughout to bring those learnings to life. I also tell the wider story of my career; how two years from my final Olympic Games I changed my mindset from all about winning, to focusing on the people I was working with, and how my mantra: ‘What can we create together?’ took me closer to Gold than I ever thought possible.

It has been described as “too valuable not to share”, “Absolutely beautiful”, “Absolutely fascinating”, and in the words of my university coach: “You’ve articulated what people think, and what some don’t know they do”.

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TESTIMONIALS

"It’s the best book on training for performance that I’ve read in years.100 pages of gold. It isn’t just good - it’s masterful. The last chapter in particular is just brilliant."
Dr Tom Evans
Emergency Medicine Consultant and Rowing Coach
"I couldn’t put it down from the front to back cover. I honestly believe this is one of the best books of this type I’ve read."
Kat Copeland
London 2012 Olympic Champion
"Beautiful. You’ve articulated what people think, and what some don’t know they do. All ambitious young rowers should read this."
Rusty Williams
Coach and Mentor, University of London
"It's really impressive...simple and concise."
Peter Sheppard
Chief Coach British Rowing U23s and Juniors
"Frances. The book is absolutely beautiful. I love it. It was an absolutely fascinating read, even though I was there for most of it! I'm going to read it again tomorrow."
Zoe de Toledo
Olympic Silver Medallist, Rio 2016
"I bloody love your book. I was captivated by the story telling."
Alex Wolf
Head of Strength and Conditioning for British Rowing & English Institute of Sport
"I have just read your book and found it encouraging and eye opening. ...There are many take home messages that apply to (my) teams. I feel privileged to have had a chance to read it... Thank you for writing it."
Richard Chambers
Women’s High Performance Coach, Oxford Brookes University