Old Elizabethan aims for gold at World Championships

OE Tom Aggar (1995-2002) is aiming for another gold medal at the World Championships in New Zealand at the end of October.

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Tom said: “I’m in a good position to defend my single sculls title. I’m in pretty good shape but you never know what to expect until the day…Training is six days a week, with two or three sessions a day, so it is very ‘full on’ at the moment.”

Tom has already been named in the GB Rowing Team for the London Paralympics in 2012, where he will be looking to repeat the adaptive rowing gold medal he won at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

He added: “London 2012 is quite a way off but I am confident about my chances of winning a medal…I need to keep improving my times, because there will be some serious challengers in 2012. Countries start improving come Olympics time and the field becomes bunched closer together…

“The team environment helps. When you are around the group and everyone is striving for a gold-medal winning performance it is inspiring.”