Old Elizabethan Tom Aggar wins gold at World Rowing Championships

Britain’s Paralympic champion Tom Aggar (1995-2002) trounced the opposition to win gold in his event at the World Rowing Championships in New Zealand.

The former QE pupil’s dominant performance in the Paralympic-class single scull at Lake Karapiro demonstrated that the 2008 Beijing Paralympics gold medalist remains the best in the world.

"It feels fantastic", he told journalists after winning the event with a time of 5:19.36 – a 13-second margin over the second-placed rower, Ukrainian Andrii Kryvchun.

Tom, who has already been named in the GB Rowing Team for the London Paralympics in 2012, led for the entire event, except for the first 100m."All the hard work in training and in the gym has paid off. I’ve really enjoyed the competition. I love rowing; I’m passionate about the sport,” he said.

Since making his international debut in 2007, he has won two previous world championships, as well as his victory in Beijing.