miles Devereux rower


Welcome to the exclusive Q&A session with Miles Devereux, where we delve into the journey of one of Britain's finest athletes.  

Discover the insights, challenges, and triumphs that have shaped Miles's career upto representing his country on the international stage, and gain valuable perspectives on what it takes to excel in the world of rowing. 

Get ready to be inspired and motivated by the words of this exceptional athlete...

What initially drew you to the sport of rowing, and how did you get started?

My oldest brother (Sebastian Devereux) and sister (Saskia Devereux) started rowing at Marlow rowing club. When I saw the success and fun they were having, they both truly inspired me to take it up. Since then, they have been an inspiration to help me get to where I am today. Along with my other brother (Tristan Devereux) who has been there for me every step of the way through all the highs and lows that being a sports person brings.

Can you describe a particularly memorable race or competition that stands out in your career?

A very memorable race for me and one I will never forget was the Fawley challenge cup in 2019 at Henley Royal Regatta. Winning my first HRR, with a group of amazing people and having the privilege of being supported by fantastic coaches throughout the year.

How do you mentally prepare yourself before a race, and do you have any pre-race rituals?

I like to mentally prepare myself for a race by listening to some music specifically (Jet Plane - Gusted). On the start line I also kiss my ring that my Mum and Dad brought for my 21st birthday, knowing that they are with me every stroke of the race.

What’s the most challenging aspect of being a professional rower, both physically and mentally?

The most challenging aspect of being a professional athlete mentally and physically is testing for boats. This is called seat racing, where you are tested against very good athletes’ side by side, and pretty much if you win, you get the seat.

How do you balance training, competition, and other aspects of your life outside of rowing?

Outside of rowing I really enjoy spending as much time with my family as possible, especially on Sunday’s when we have the day to recover. I like to go on a nice walk with my Mum and talk about our week and what we are going to do in the upcoming week to make it better than the last. I also like to visit my grandparents and catch up with them, as they are truly an inspiration not only in rowing, but to my life ❤️

What do you think sets apart elite rowers from the rest in terms of technique, mindset, or training?

Elite rowers will be provided with a full-time training program (2/3 sessions a day – 6 days a week) and it’s a matter of trusting in the training program and believing that you are doing enough to succeed in reaching your goals.

Can you share any insights or advice for aspiring rowers looking to take their skills to the next level?

The biggest advice I can give, is trust the process and to listen and learn from your peers. The best advice I have received was from my Mum, “it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, trust the process and your time with come”.

What role does teamwork play in rowing, and how do you foster strong camaraderie within your team?

Teamwork in rowing is crucial, not only to make the boat go faster, but building a base of trust, knowing that on the start line of a race, the people around you will do everything they can to cross the finish line first.

How do you deal with setbacks or disappointments in your rowing career, and what keeps you motivated during tough times?

I like to see step backs and disappointments as an opportunity to learn and progress, knowing that I will come back stronger, and I won’t make the same mistakes again. I set my self three goals at the beginning of the year (short term - medium- end goal) this helps break up the season and it will always give you something to work towards.

Outside of rowing, what are some of your hobbies or interests, and how do you balance them with your athletic pursuits?

I enjoy spending time talking to my dad about the science and physics behind rowing. I love spending some time on the golf course with and watching my mates who think they are good ...but lose at least 2 balls a hole.

What’s your favourite Tiki Tonga Coffee blend number?

My favourite Tiki Tonga blend number, must be number 9, it has the perfect amount of kick in it to get me ready for the day.

Flat white, espresso or americano?

Flat white!!! With a hint of caramel in 😍

Name your perfect dinner party guests (any 4 people past or present)?

Scottie Scheffler, Michael Jordan, Jonny Wilkinson, and Jessica Ennis.

If you had to have 1 meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My Mum/Grandma’s tuna pasta bake 😍🍝

If you could compete in any sport other than your own, which one would you choose and why? And, do you think you’d dominate, or would it be a hilarious disaster?

I would love to compete on the PGA tour, because playing golf for a living and seeing beautiful places and courses, meeting great people, and potentially winning a lot of £££ helps! It would be a hideous disaster as my hand eye coordination is terrible, but one can dream.

Stay tuned for more from our "Packing the Winning Punch" series as we continue to explore the lives and insights of remarkable sports figures who make every play count. Join us as we uncover the stories behind the champions.



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