Rowing - two gold medals for City rower Fox

James Fox (second right) was a double gold medal winner in Italy.

James Fox (second right) was a double gold medal winner in Italy.

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Peterborough City Rowing Club member James Fox won two gold medals at the recent International Para-Rowing Regatta in Gavirate, Italy.

The 23 year-old from Netherton was in Great Britain’s LTA mixed coxed four that won their category on both days.

The crew of Pamela Relph, Grace Clough, Dan Brown, Fox and cox Oliver James – the World Championship winning team from 2014 – won their first final on the Saturday in 3:28.50, which was nine seconds clear of Germany and 17 seconds ahead of third-placed Brazil.

And they were again the class act in the field on Sunday, clocking 3:24.70 to finish eight seconds clear of Italy.

Fox started rowing at Peterborough Rowing Club aged 11 and rowed for Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse as a junior. He carried on rowing at the University of London Boat Club while studying Sports Science at Brunel.

He broke his back in a car crash within the first few months of being at university which meant he was unable to train for two years.

It was then that he discovered he was eligible for para-rowing due to limited leg movement and he was selected for the GB LTA mixed coxed in 2013. World Cup and World Championship wins followed that same year.

He is now Lottery-funded and trains full-time with the GB Para-rowing squad.