Aylesbury Paralympic hopeful Pamela Relph (pictured) helped her team row to a new, unofficial world best time in a perfect start to the season in Italy.
The mixed coxed four is made up of 2011 world champion crew including Aylesbury’s Relph, of Weston Turville, Beijing bronze medallist Naomi Riches from Marlow, former GB bobsleigher David Smith from Aviemore, James Roe from Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford cox Lily van den Broecke.
The team twice beat world bronze medallists Germany in convincing fashion on Lake Varese last weekend at the Gavirate International Adaptive Regatta.
GB’s lead coach for the Paralympic programme, Tom Dyson said: “The standard of competition across all the events has taken a big step on, and it is encouraging we are still winning in the men’s single and the four.
“All the rowers are going to have to take another step up if they are going to convert these performances to medals in Munich (at the Munich International Adaptive Regatta) and London (2012).”
Coach of the four, Mary McLachlan said: “It was exciting for the four to race internationally after a long winter’s training.
“The crew raced well but have come away from the racing with some important points to work on and will now be getting their heads down and doing some hard training.”