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20 May

Rowing for Gold

Former King’s Head of Boats (2013/14) OV Alex Wenyon (Cr 07-14) and former KSWBC coach Giedre Rakauskaite won a spectacular gold at the Gavirate International Para Regatta this month, as part of the PR3 Mixed Coxed 4+ representing GB. Racing against the Australians, French, Germans and Italians, their winning race on the Lake of Varese also set a new world’s best time.

Alex Wenyon with Para Crew and cup

Commenting on the win, Alex said, “It was a fantastic weekend at Gavirate for the whole Para squad. We were so excited to get racing; for some it was their first race since the Paralympic Games last year.

“With a fresh-look team we picked up five gold medals, two silvers and a bronze: a great start for the next Paralympic cycle. I wish the team the best of luck at the first World Cup of the season in Belgrade next weekend!”

Alex Wenyon with winning para crew

King’s Head of Rowing, Jim Chalmers (Hon OV), added, “Congratulations on this fantastic performance, Alex. What a star!”

Alex has firmly established herself as an incredible cox, as her call up to Team GB demonstrates, building on her time at King’s, where she was a very keen and active member of the Boat Club and the 1st VIII.

Alex Wenyon and Giedre Rakauskaite

We send you our many congratulations, Alex and Giedre, on this incredible achievement.