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Rowers target Paralympic success

Paralympic rower Tom Aggar
Aggar is a former rugby player who came to rowing after an accident

An eight-strong squad will represent Great Britain in the inaugural rowing competition at the Beijing Paralympics.

Reigning world champion Tom Aggar will be competing in the men's arms only single sculls event.

Helene Raynsford, who won the world title in 2006 before missing out last year, will take part in the women's equivalent.

The team for the Games, which start on 6 September, also includes a mixed coxed four and a mixed double sculls.

The mixed coxed four won three world golds but finished second at the 2007 World Championships.

Interview: Helene Raynsford

Naomi Riches, who has competed at four world championships, is joined by Vicki Hansford, Alastair McKean and newcomer James Morgan, with able-bodied cox Alan Sherman completing the crew.

James Roberts and former wheelchair basketball player Karen Cromie carry British hopes in the double scull.

ParalympicsGB Chief Executive Phil Lane said: "It's fantastic to see rowing making its debut at the Paralympic Games.

"Britain has traditionally been a strong nation in rowing at the Olympics and I look forward to seeing the Paralympic rowers continue their success in this sport."

The rowing events take place at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing Park from 9-11 September.

GB team
Men's arms only single scull: Tom Aggar
Women's arms only single scull: Helene Raynsford
Legs, trunk and arms mixed coxed four: Vicki Hansford, Alastair McKean, James Morgan, Naomi Riches. Cox: Alan Sherman
Trunk and arms mixed double scull: Karen Cromie, James Roberts

see also
Roberts celebrates Beijing call
08 Jul 08 |  Paralympics 2004
Rowers get set
15 Apr 08 |  Disability sport
Aggar impresses at British trials
10 Mar 08 |  Disability sport
Aggar's path to success
30 Oct 07 |  Disability sport
Adaptive rowers clinch two medals
01 Sep 07 |  Disability sport
Disability sport on the BBC
23 Apr 08 |  Disability sport

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