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Students row their way into the London 2012 Paralympic Games

28 June 2012

The GB London 2012 Paralympic rowing squad was announced yesterday with a plethora of students at the oars.

Naomi Riches and Pamela Relph

Current Durham University student Lily van den Broecke joined former Welbeck College and University of Birmingham student Pamela Relph in the ParalympicGB selection.

They will also row alongside alongside Samantha Scowen, reigning Paralympic champion and former University of West London student and University of Warwick alumni Tom Aggar .

Meanwhile team mate Naomi Riches is a Designed Metalwork & Jewellery graduate from Buckinghamshire New University and was given an honorary masters recently from the University because of the inspiration she has offered the students.

Warwick University is similarly proud of the Beijing Gold medallist Tom Aggar, who graduated with a First class degree in Biological Sciences, saying: “The University congratulates Tom on his superb achievements and wishes him luck with his burgeoning rowing career!”

Pamela Relph graduated with a BSc in Physics in 2011 and was a rounded student at Birmingham, captaining the University’s award-winning cheerleading squad the Birmingham Pussycats.

Lily van den Broecke in her first year at Castle College, Durham, is studying for a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Although the youngest of the squad, Lily is the ‘cox’ of the team steering the boat and motivating each rower.

"I'm beyond excited to be part of the Paralympic Games," said Van den Broecke.

"Not only is it an honour to be coxing some top athletes but the experience will be made even more special when shared with our home nation."

GB Rowing team performance director David Tanner said: "We are ambitious to show well at the home Games as part of a well-prepared and focused ParalympicsGB team.

"We are aware that other nations have been developing and funding their Paralympic rowing programmes since Beijing and look forward to some great racing at Dorney during the Games.

Paralympic Rowing competition which will run from 30th August to 1st September at Dorney Lake near Maidenhead.

By Ruth Faulkner

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