Saturday , 13 July 2024

Paralympian overcomes the cancer and gives the example...

Great Britain’s Paralympic gold medalist Laurence Whiteley has been encouraging people to get involved with the Cancer Research United Kingdom (UK) Great Row challenge, which raises money for the cancer charity through indoor rowing. Whiteley, a cancer survivor himself, took gold with Lauren Rowles in the TA mixed double sculls at Rio 2016. He helped kick off the campaign at an event in London back on 26 January, where 14 teams battled to complete a marathon on a rowing machine.

In the Great Row, one must complete one of four challenges, ranging from 2,000m to a full 26-mile marathon, during Challenge Week in the run up to the Cancer Research UK Boat Races on 2 April. Whiteley was diagnosed with bone cancer while still in school. Having grown up as a sporty child, he knew something was wrong when running became difficult and after a while weight bearing became almost impossible.

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