Talented Young Rower Scoops Top Scholarship Fund

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A talented young rower from Bromyard, who narrowly missed out on a place in this year’s GB Paralympics squad, has received a £1,000 scholarship from the University of Worcester.

Luke Almond, a third year Sports Therapy student, made his GB rowing debut just 12 months ago – two years after sailing across the Atlantic.

He narrowly missed out on a place in the Paralympics team for London 2012, although he is on stand-by in case of any injuries.

The 22-year-old said: “I was disappointed not to make the team but I’m really proud with how I’ve been doing and I’m looking forward to going to watch my team mates. I think they will certainly come back with the Gold medal, which is really exciting.”

Luke has been awarded the maximum scholarship of £1,000 by the University’s Scholarship Panel towards the cost of his rowing training.

“This scholarship will be a huge help to me,” said the former Weobley High School pupil, who is visually impaired. “Without it I would really struggle with my training costs.”

Luke, who has previously trekked across Nepal and climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, only took up rowing five years ago while he was a student at New College Worcester.

“I am currently training for the Henley Regatta with the University team and we are hoping to do well this year,” Luke said.