Golden girl Relph retains World crown in South Korea

Pam Relph with her World Championship gold in South Korea on Wednesday
Pam Relph with her World Championship gold in South Korea on Wednesday

There was another golden moment for Aylesbury rower Pam Relph after the Paralympic hero retained her World Championship crown in South Korea on Wednesday despite the final being brought forward 24 hours.

Paralympic gold medallist Relph and her crew were not blown off course by the scheduling change which saw the Legs, Trunks Arms Mixed Coxed Four final moved forwards in Chungju, South Korea.

Relph was particularly unfazed and said ahead of the final: “Finals day is one day earlier than anticipated but that’s out of our control. Excited and nervous!”

Relph helped her team to the gold at around 7am UK time and is certainly enjoying a memorable period of her life.

After winning gold at the last World Championships in Slovenia in 2011, it meant the Weston Turville star retains her World Champion status.

It completes a remarkable and gold medal-laden run for the former Army officer, who was only introduced to the sport of rowing in August 2010 by her older sister Monica, who had rowed internationally for Great Britain.

In November 2010 she finished second in the British Indoor Rowing Championships and in 2011 she competed at the at World Rowing Championships held at Lake Bled, Slovenia where she won took gold.

That result meant that Great Britain qualified a boat for last year’s Paralympics in London but before a historic gold at Dorney, there was another cherished medal at the Munich World Cup event in 2012.

Relph’s achievements saw her rewarded with a golden post box in Weston Turville, a place on a stamp and she was given an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to rowing.

Relph and her sister Monica also made history when they became the first sisters to represent Britain at the World Rowing Championships.

Monica competes in the ‘B’ Final of the Quad on Saturday and said ahead of the race: “People will think that just because I was in the boat during the major regattas this season, that I would be an automatic selection for the World Championships, but it doesn’t work like that unfortunately. You have to consistently prove you are up to standard.”