“When I entered the Olympics, I had already participated in the South American tour. I was the top British sculler winning the Regattas. The White Hill in Henley was the training spot. The majority of the British team was similarly placed as they all had given up work to participate in the games. We were supported by the family and when I arrived home after the games I went straight back to work. Athletes are no damn difference from anybody else. I was 26 when I won the Olympics and then had my own business by the time I was 30”.