Help for Heroes Sports Recovery love introducing those that have suffered a life-changing injury or illness to sport as part of their recovery. So, the team was thrilled to hear the news that Angela Reid has been awarded the Harry Clasper Award from British Rowing for completing the Great Tyne Row, whilst battling with severe joint pain and fatigue from chemotherapy and radiotherapy for breast cancer.
Angela, who was first introduced to rowing through the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery Programme, successfully completed the 25k gruelling race in four and a half hours and was so determined to take part that she postponed a further operation; the award was in recognition of her bravery and determination.
Angela’s crew were sourced by Help for Heroes and their recovery centres, and they were trained by volunteer coaches from local Hub Clubs, Rowability, and the GB Rowing Team – both parts of British Rowing.
There were a total of 34 teams that took part in the fourth annual event – rowing between Newburn, west of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and Tynemouth to the east. Angela’s boat was loaned from Byker Community Rowing Club specifically for the race, but she has since started building a Skiff (a small rowing boat) with a group of others, which they expect will take six months to complete.
Angela said of finishing the row, and receiving the award: “It was a huge honour to receive the award as it was an amazing accomplishment for me to finish the race. I took part whilst receiving treatment for breast cancer so really it was the taking part that was so special. The row has spurred me on to get more people to give rowing a go in the community, and a team of us are now in the process of building a Skiff by hand for next year’s race. I would like to thank my amazing husband Geoff for his love and care despite his ill health and PTSD, and also everyone from GCRC and Gateshead Veterans and Families hub for their support that kept my spirits up through this difficult time”.
Row 2 Recovery, the official provider of Para-Rowing for those who have suffered a life changing injury or illness whilst in service of our country, suggested that Angela and her crew take part in The Great Tyne Row, and funded the adaptive equipment. Hub Clubs, Rowability, the GB Rowing team and British Rowing helped in volunteer coaching and supporting the team.
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