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James Fox

James Fox made his Paralympic debut after helping the GB Rowing Team LTA mixed coxed four to victory at three successive World Championships.

James started rowing at Peterborough rowing club aged 11 and rowed for Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse as a junior. He carried on rowing at the University of London Boat Club whilst studying Spots Science at Brunel.  He broke his back in a car crash within the first few months of being at university which meant he was unable to train fully for two years.

He discovered that he was eligible for the Para-rowing squad after his coach, Brian Young, attended a coaching conference about talent ID and suggested he get tested. James then transitioned into full-time training with the GB Para-rowing squad.

James started the Rio Paralympiad in a four with Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, Oli Hester and Oliver James. They won World Cup at Eton Dorney before finishing five seconds clear of Italy at the World Championships in Chungju, South Korea.

Grace Clough replaced Naomi Riches for the first race of 2014, where the four once again won World Cup gold in Varese. Daniel Brown then came in for Oli Hester at the World Championships in Amsterdam and helped GB secure another impressive clear-water victory.

The 2015 season saw the LTA mixed coxed four of James, Grace Clough, Pamela Relph, Daniel Brown and cox Oliver James once again prove they are the boat to beat.

During an outstanding World Cup in Varese, the four set world-best times on consecutive days as they won gold in emphatic style. The World Championships in Aiguebelette, France,  proved to be a much tighter affair but the GB crew dug deep to see off a strong challenge from the United States and retain their title.

At Rio 2016 the mixed coxed four delivered in the final race of the regatta, with cox Oliver James calling the tactics and Fox providing the power alongside team-mates Daniel Brown, Grace Clough and Pam Relph to secure gold for ParalympicsGB.

Major results

2016 Rio Paralympic Games
LTA mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+)
2015 World Championships, Aiguebelette, France
LTA mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+)
2014 World Championships, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
LTA mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+)
2013 World Championships, Chungju, South Korea
LTA mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+)

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