History in the making: Relphs take on rowing World Championships

Monica and Pamela Relph
Monica and Pamela Relph
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Weston Turville’s Monica and Pamela Relph will make history this weekend when they become the first sisters to represent Britain at the World Rowing Championships.

Paralympic gold medallist Pamela will be competing in the mixed coxed four and Monica will be racing in the (able-bodied) women’s quad in South Korea.

As reigning world and Paralympic champion, Pamela was expected to retain her place for South Korea but Monica’s selection is all the more impressive as she faced a tough battle for her seat.

Monica said: “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.”

Pamela added: “Monica and I are really proud to represent the country and it is so good to have not only someone with Monica’s experience but also a member of the family who you can turn to when it gets tough – and it will.”