Ellen Buttrick |

‘The year changes, but the dream remains the same’

In an exclusive new series for British Rowing members, GB Para rower Ellen Buttrick shares her thoughts and insights about rowing and beyond the sport as she trains for the Tokyo Paralympics

In just under six months’ time, I will hopefully be in Tokyo completing final preparations for the Paralympic Games. Although we have reached this milestone before, it feels even more significant now.

A year ago I was looking forward to my first Games, excited by the stories of my peers who had competed at Rio or London and focused on delivering a medal for my country. Today, I sit here amidst a third lockdown in the UK, after seven months out of a boat due to pandemic and injury, but ever more determined to row the best 2,000 metres of my life on 29 August.


The year changes, but the dream remains the same and has done ever since I was told in 2014 that my deteriorating sight loss could not be stopped: to represent ParalympicsGB.


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