Amputee wins able-bodied rowing race
We’re proud to announce that Paratrooper Jordan Beecher, a below-knee amputee resulting from an IED blast in Afghanistan, has rowed to Gold against a field of able-bodied competitors.
The gruelling Marlow Long-Distance Sculling race, almost 5 kilometres upstream on the river Thames at full winter flow, is considered by many as one of inland rowing's toughest. Jordan competed in the novice class in an adaptive sculling boat donated by the Endeavour Fund and named "Invictus", after the Invictus Games where he also won three gold medals in rowing.
Jordan trained for the race with Help for Heroes Sports Recovery and now trains at Marlow Rowing Club as part of British Rowing's Olympic Pathway programme. Marlow was one of the Rowing Clubs identified by Row2Recovery to receive specialist adaptive rowing equipment, purchased with support from Prince Harry's Endeavour Fund.
Despite only discovering rowing after his injury, through a Row2Recovery funded programme at DMRC Headley Court, Jordan has been asked to trial for the GB Rio 2016 Team against professional GB para-athletes. Thereafter Jordan has ambitions to represent his country at Tokyo 2020.
We congratulate Jordan on his accomplishments and hope that the equipment provided by Row2Recovery will help others to follow in Jordan's footsteps!