QE old boy Tom Aggar aiming for gold at Paralympics

Paralympic preparations among Team GB’s rowers have gone well, according to QE old boy and defending champion Tom Aggar.

Tom (OE 1995-2002), who won the gold medal for the single sculls at Beijing and is the world champion in the discipline, said he is looking forward to defending his title at Eton Dorney.

Speaking in the final run-up to the games, he told The Times newspaper: “We’ve prepared well as a team, and since Beijing, we’ve set our sights on trying to repeat the same success as a squad.”

The team are competing in three of the four Paralympic rowing events.

Tom said the Paralympic athletes had been buoyed by the success of the Olympics rowing team, who had a similar training programme. He added that he was eager to hear the ‘Dorney roar’ for himself.

Tom started rowing as part of the rehabilitation programme he undertook after an accident in 2005 that left him paralysed. In five years of competition he has never been beaten.

Barnet and Whetstone Press, Wednesday 29 August 2012