Grace Clough

Grace Clough

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    LTA at Rio

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Grace Clough only took up rowing in late 2013 but made her Paralympic debut in Rio as a double World Champion.

Prior to being talent spotted at a ParalympicsGB Sports Fest at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield, where she tried out a range of disability sports, Grace had no rowing experience.

Grace began training on the High Performance Programme at Nottingham Rowing Club in 2013 and quickly impressed, earning an invite to train full-time with the GB para-rowing squad at Caversham in January 2014.

She was handed her international debut in June of that year, winning a superb gold in the LTA mixed coxed four alongside Pamela, James, Oliver Hester and Oliver James at the World Cup in Aiguebelette. Dan Brown came in for Oliver Hester at the World Championships in Amsterdam as GB secured another impressive clear-water victory, turning on the power to finish five seconds ahead of the United States.

The 2015 season saw the LTA mixed coxed four of Grace, Pamela Relph, Dan Brown, James Fox and cox Oliver James once again prove they are the boat to beat.

During an outstanding World Cup in Varese, the four set world-best times on consecutive days as they won gold in emphatic style. The 2015 World Championships in Aiguebelette proved to be a much tighter affair but the GB crew dug deep to see off a strong challenge from the United States and retain their title.

At Rio 2016 the mixed coxed four delivered in the final race of the regatta, with cox Oliver James calling the tactics and Clough providing the power alongside team-mates Daniel Brown, James Fox and Pam Relph to secure gold for ParalympicsGB.

Major Results

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • LTA Mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+): Gold

2015 World Championships, Aiguebelette, France

  • LTA Mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+): Gold

2014 World Championships, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • LTA Mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+): Gold

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