Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Watkins Still Can't Solve the Big Issue

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Watkins Still Can't Solve the Big Issue

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Byline: Matt Majendie Sports Correspondent

ANNA WATKINS is waiting for that eureka moment concerning her rowing career. She describes herself as a "bubble of hormones" just five weeks after the birth of her first child, William, and 14 months after her epic London 2012 rowing gold with Katherine Grainger.

There is every chance that is the last time she and Grainger will scull together, with the latter approaching her 37th birthday next month, and both unsure of their rowing futures.

"I thought when William came along, I'd instinctively have this moment of knowing what I'd do with regards to the rowing," said Watkins. "At the moment, all my instincts are just to look after my boy. Those decisions will come in due course."

Whether they return to a boat together again, they remain entwined for the rest of their existence after surviving the pressure cooker of the Games -- Watkins refers to Grainger as "an honorary auntie to William for life".

But the chance that the Olympics may be their last race together is the elephant in the room, a subject not discussed when they're together.

Regardless of the outcome of that, Watkins is keen to return to rowing at some point. "I'm lucky in terms of my age," said the 30-year-old. "I've got options for Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo as well. So it might be I come back for Rio or else have another child, do the family thing until school age and target Tokyo. I don't know."

Looking back on London 2012, she describes it as "an incredible 12 months, a reward for 10 years".

However, it is only now she can fully take in the achievement. Watkins said: "I've been able to enjoy it so much now the hype has faded away. The Olympics was just enormous, it just took on a life of its own. There was so much pressure but, by then, we knew we could still win on a bad day. …

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