James Fox |

‘There’s nothing like tears on a podium to bring a country together’

In an exclusive new series for British Rowing members, GB Para rower James Fox shares his thoughts and insights over the next few months on his journey to Tokyo

Here we go again. In the lead up to the Rio Olympics and Paralympics I was told by some of the old timers in the GB Rowing Team that everything changes in ‘Olympic year’. As soon as the clock strikes midnight on 1 January, once every four years, there is a shift.

And it’s true, there is a sense of occasion; everybody squeezes a little bit harder, wrings a little bit more out of each session and all the pieces, trials and training camps carry more weight and significance than the previous three years put together. After all, this is the year we have been waiting for. January 1st 2020, right on schedule, had a buzz about it and a wry smile was shared between a few of the guys at Caversham. This is it.


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