2016 Paralympic champion James Fox looks forward to racing at the Paralympic regatta in Tokyo where he will defend his title in the PR3 mixed coxed four
It’s easy to feel like things are starting to close in as I sit in my hotel room in Reading, watching the Olympics, on the final work camp of the Paralympiad before we head out to the Paralympics for our turn to play.
Today – 27 July – marks one month until our first race on the Sea Forest Waterway and watching Team GB compete is helping to settle the nerves. In this world of uncertainty nobody knows what other countries have been up to over the past 18 months. It’s no secret that the UK has been one of the countries in the world hit hardest by lockdown restrictions and cases per capita – but the Brits have come out swinging. On top of the bucket-loads of national pride the Olympics is giving everybody back home, it’s giving us the reassurance that we can do it too.
Our Paralympic preparation hasn’t been without its challenges though; we have been plagued with injury and (non-COVID related, thankfully) illness since January and time in the four has been precious.
“I remember the overwhelming emotion when we crossed the line was relief that we hadn’t fluffed it”