Former Army officer turned Paralympic GB rower Pam Relph aims to crown oarsome summer with gold medal

GB Paralympic rower Pam Relph
GB Paralympic rower Pam Relph
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Pamela Relph will be aiming to secure a Paralympic medal in the rowing at Dorney Lake to round off an astonishing couple of years.

The Weston Turville girl takes to the water between Friday and Sunday aiming for gold in what is a stark contrast to her aims back in 2010.

Back then it was the end of her career as an Army Officer due to chronic arthritis.

But, like wheelchair fencer Gemma Collis (see back page) the disappointment only served to push her own to make a career in Paralympic sport.

Classified as an adaptive rower, Pamela was introduced to the sport by her sister Monica, a GB rower herself.

Pamela’s rise through the ranks has been rapid, including taking Gold at last year’s World Championships as a member of the mixed coxed legs, trunk and arms four.

Competing in the same Championship-winning crew, Pamela’s Paralympic competition begins with Heats on Friday, possibly followed by Repechages on Saturday for countries that do not finish high enough in the heats, with the Paralympic final to decide the medals on Sunday morning.

Speaking ahead of the biggest few days of her sporting life, Pamela admitted to being filled with excitement.

“It’s what we have all dreamed of and worked towards,” she said.

Although we were in Spain on a training camp for most of the Olympics we were able to keep up with the success of Team GB and the rowing squad – with whom we train on a daily basis – in particular and since getting back to the UK we’ve really felt the heightened interest in the Paralympics by the general public. It’s as if they don’t want the party to stop!”

Tom Dyson, GB Paralympic rowing head coach, said: “There was some really good work done by all three crews during the final training camp and they can now use these last few days to freshen up and put the finishing touches on their preparations.”