ParalympicsGB selects rowing squad for Paris 2024

ParalympicsGB today announced the 10 rowers who have been selected, across four boats, to represent Great Britain at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

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Of the five women and five men, six will make their Paralympic debuts while four are returning Paralympians – including two-time Paralympic champion Lauren Rowles and Tokyo 2020 gold medallists, Giedre Rakauskaite and Erin Kennedy.

“The past achievements of ParalympicsGB’s rowing squads speak for themselves – as a group their hard work, dedication and innate talent consistently pays off, and this squad of 10 athletes – who have already made an indelible mark on the World and European stage – is no different. I’m delighted to welcome all 10 athletes to the ParalympicsGB team for Paris 2024 and can’t wait to see them in action in Paris this summer,” commented ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission, Penny Briscoe.

Commenting on the team selection, British Rowing Head of Olympic and Paralympic Performance Delivery, Tom Dyson, who will be Rowing Team Leader in Paris, said: “Rowing is consistently a top performing sport for ParalympicsGB and we’ll be looking to reinforce that in Paris. While our selected athletes are a blend of returning Tokyo 2020 Paralympians and those for whom Paris will be their first Games, every one of them has a Paralympic, World, European or World Cup gold medal to their credit. When you combine those rowers with a world-class group of coaches and support staff, we are all excited to show the world what the team has trained to deliver in Paris!”

PR2 Mixed double sculls (PR2 Mix2x)

Two-time Paralympic champion Lauren Rowles is joined by former Royal Engineer Commando, Gregg Stevenson, who is making his Paralympic debut at the age of 39. ParalympicsGB were gold medallists in this class at both Tokyo 2020 and Rio 2016.

Lauren and Gregg qualified their boat for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games at the 2023 World Rowing Championships in a World Best Time (WBT) of 08:00.57 – the third WBT of their debut season. They remain unbeaten going into these Games.

Lauren said: “It’s my third Games but it feels more exciting than my first. For your first Games there’s so much excitement but you don’t know what you’re getting yourself in for whereas now I know what to expect. It’s going to be so great to experience the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and have friends and family in the stands cheering us on. Our lives have been changed through rowing and we want to show the fans what that means to us!”

Gregg added: “This feels like a long time coming. I had the ambition during the Invictus Games days, around 2018, but never thought I would achieve it, so it’s been quite a journey! I’m so proud of the work that we’ve done to get to this point. The whole Stevenson family, including my wife and boys, will be there in Paris to cheer us on!”

PR3 Mixed coxed four (PR3 Mix4+)

Great Britain’s most successful boat will aim to maintain its impressive 13 year – including three Paralympic Games – winning streak in Paris. The new-look crew sees Tokyo 2020 gold medallists Giedre Rakauskaite and cox Erin Kennedy joined by Paralympic debutants Frankie Allen, Ed Fuller and Josh O’Brien.

Josh made his GB Rowing team debut, winning gold, at the 2024 European Championships. Speaking about his selection, he said: “The last few months have been a total whirlwind with trials and racing and now I’m selected for the Paralympics, it’s so exciting! I only started rowing two years ago at Birmingham University, so it’s all happened very quickly. Thanks so much to all the coaches who taught me to row at Birmingham and the coaches and my teammates at our national training centre in Caversham who have taught me so much in a short space of time. I’ve wanted to become a Paralympian for a while and I don’t think it’s sunk in yet… it’s so massive!”

Frankie added: “This is a dream come true. We have done so much hard work to get to this point and I want to make the most of all the experiences from now until the Games. The pressure of the unbeaten legacy in this boat is a privilege that I’m hugely proud to be a part of.”

PR1 Men’s single sculls (PR1 M1x)

Benjamin Pritchard came fifth at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Since then, he has developed into a consistent medallist, winning two World Championship bronze medals across 2022 and 2023. Last month, at the final race before Paris 2024, Benjamin won his first career gold medal at the World Rowing Cup in Poznan, Poland. The PR1 men’s single is a hotly contested, highly competitive boat class, where Benjamin will be looking to improve on his Tokyo performance.

Benjamin said: “I feel more prepared for Paris than I was for Tokyo, particularly as I’ve had the full cycle to build more race experience and more speed. Obviously this is the closest thing to a home Games and it will be great to have so much support from friends and family out there. I want it to be a big party and celebration of the hard work that we’ve put in over the past eight years.”

PR3 Mixed double sculls (PR3 Mix2x)

Rowing for ParalympicsGB in this new boat class at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will be Sam Murray and Annie Caddick. For Sam, this new event will see him fulfil a Paralympic aspiration that started at a talent identification event back in 2007 where he was first noted as a potential rower. Sam and Annie have rowed together since 2023 and were recently crowned European champions. They are excited to be making their Paralympic debuts in this inaugural event of the PR3 Mixed double sculls.

Sam said: “We’ve put so much work in and for me personally it’s been a long journey of being in and out of the squad for a number of years, so now to be selected for Paris, it’s very exciting. Part of the lure of coming back was to race in this new event and being so close to home is a bonus as so many people are coming out to support us.”

Annie said: “Each day it gets a bit closer and I get a little more excited and a little more nervous. Sam and I have built a great partnership and we are looking forward to being the first to represent Great Britain in this boat class. The competition is fierce and the standard is very close, so I think we’ll see some exciting racing!”

The ParalympicsGB crews racing at the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games are:

PR3 Mixed coxed four (PR3 Mix4+)

Frankie Allen (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Josh O’Brien (Molesey BC)
Giedre Rakauskaite (Worcester RC)
Ed Fuller (Reading University BC/Nautilus RC)
Erin Kennedy (cox) (Leander Club)
Coach: Nicola Benavente 

PR3 Mixed double sculls (PR3 Mix2x)

Sam Murray (Molesey BC)
Annie Caddick (Molesey BC)
Coach: Nicola Benavente

PR2 Mixed double sculls (PR2 Mix2x)

Lauren Rowles (Birmingham RC)
Gregg Stevenson (Agecroft RC)
Coach: Nick Baker 

PR1 Men’s single sculls (PR1 M1x)

Benjamin Pritchard (City of Swansea RC)
Coach: Nick Baker

Paralympic Games rowing coaching staff, Team Management and Support staff:

Tom Dyson: Team Leader
Nick Baker: Head Coach – Para Rowing
Nicola Benavente: High Performance Coach – Para Rowing
Will Stockton: Coaching Assistant
Pat Dunleavy: Physiotherapist
Maurice Hayes: Resources Manager
Louise Kingsley: Director of Performance and Deputy Team Leader
Shelley Wyatt: Communications and Media

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