Marlow RC hosted a panel of Paralympians at its recent One Club event who shared there very personal perspectives on their most unique Pandemic Paralympics.
- Ellen Buttrick – Paralympic and World Champion coxing the PR3 4+
- Ben Pritchard – World Cup bronze medallist and PR1 2000m indoor world record holder
- Kingsley Ijomah – African PR1 champion and Paralympian
Part of the “One Club” monthly events at Marlow where each month a different squad hosts an evening with a meal they prepare and some form of light entertainment. The evenings are an initiative to provide more opportunities for the diverse membership and squads to intermingle. The illustrious panel was hosted by Paralympic Champion Naomi Riches (who also coaches the Marlow Para squad) and Para coach David Haggas who delved into a range of subjects from training preparation to COVID-constrained logistics.
One the many things all three speakers had in common was that it was their first Games for each of them. While COVID certainly had massive impact on the experience, they all related that the experience nonetheless seemed to be everything they had ever dreamed of.