Grace Clough at the World Rowing Championships - gold for amazing Grace!


Monday, 01 September 2014 11:38 Written by Administrator


The 2014 World Rowing Championships were held in Amsterdam on  the 2,000m tree-lined Bosbaan. In her first full year of competition, Grace Clough from Nottingham Rowing Club competed in the Paralympic Legs, Trunk & Arms Mixed Coxed four alongside crewmates Pam Relph, Dan Brown, James Fox and cox Oliver James.

Grace had already won gold medals earlier this year  at Varese in northern Italy and Aiguebelette in France.

In the first round, after a tight race with the United States the crew qualified as winner for the final. The USA were second, France third and Belarus fourth and these three boats went on to race in the repechage.

In the final GB went off really hard knowing that the USA had plenty in the tank. The crew never let up and crossed the line first with the United States second and the Italians in bronze medal position. They were followed home by South-Africa, Brazil and France.

A clearly stunned Clough said: "I don't know what to say - it was all a bit of a blur!"

This victory means that at the end of her first year of rowing, Grace has three gold medals, is a World Champion, and has never lost a race. Not a bad start for a beginner!

Grace Clough is one of thirteen rowing internationals from Nottingham Rowing Club that between them have won two golds, three silvers and three bronzes at world level.