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Linden takes para-rowing gold at British Championships

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Para-rower Rose Linden has made waves by taking home a gold medal at the British Rowing Senior Championships in Nottingham in her first appearance in University of East London (UEL) colours.

Linden, a visually impaired oarswoman, grabbed top spot in her LTA category (for athletes who have the use of their legs, trunk and arms).

She came fourth behind three male scullers, over 2km, to win the women’s gold after she clocked 4min 19sec in a time trial over 1km to qualify for the final.

“This is one of the bigger successes in my career,” said Rose. “It felt great being able to lay down a marker at the beginning of such an important season and even better that I could do it while representing UEL.”

Born and raised in nearby Hackney, Linden says she chose UEL to study for a master’s in psychology because of the outstanding rowing facilities in Docklands.

She’s hoping her early success will be springboard to gaining a seat in Team GB’s LTA mix-four squad at next year’s Paralympics in Rio di Janeiro.  

“It’s a really positive start to my campaign for selection,” said Rose. “It puts me in a place where I feel confident going into the first set of trials in November.”

Closer to home, Linden says she wants to “get UEL as high up the BUCS table” as she can, and she also wants to inspire the future generation of athletes.

“I want to bring some inspiration to UEL,” she said. “I want to encourage people, especially with a disability, to take up rowing.