Paralympic Gold Medalist Laurence Whiteley Visits Hartwell | Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Herefordshire & Bedfordshire | Hartwell

Paralympic Gold Medalist Laurence Whiteley visits Hartwell Kidlington Ford


We are proud to say Laurence Whiteley Paralympic Gold Medalist recently took his love for speed on the water to the road when he bought a Ford GT Mustang here from us at Hartwell Kidlington Ford.

Laurence won the Home International Regatta in his first year of competition. He also accomplished gold at the British and European Indoor Rowing Championships in 2012, as well as the British National Championships.

Having competed with distinction in the Non-Paralympic Class Trunk-arms Men’s Single Scull, Laurence finally made his international debut in the Mixed Double Scull at the 2015 World Championships held at Lac d’Aiguebelette in France, where he teamed up with newcomer Lauren Rowles to campaign for a spot at Rio 2016.

The pair only began training together in the summer after a two year search by the GB Rowing Team Para-Rowing coaches to find a Trunk-arms Mixed Double Scull partner for Laurence, with Lauren making the transition from athletics to rowing.

Despite their brief time together, Laurence and Lauren became the first GB crew to qualify for Rio 2016 as they won their repechage. They then went on to produce a fantastic performance in the final, winning silver as they finished just half-a-second behind Australia.

At Rio 2016, Rowles and Whiteley led from start to finish to win Paralympic gold in the most dominant victory of the day.

We look forward to seeing their success broaden, as they head toward the Tokyo Games.

We wish them both all the best – from all of us at Hartwell.

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