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Chin wins gold in UK students' rowing series; Deganwy ace's Olympic bid boost ROWING.

Byline: DAVE JONES

ASPIRING Olympian Rebecca Chin enjoyed that gold medal winning feeling on the road to Rio 2016 recently.

The 21-year-old oarswoman from Deganwy scooped the top prize in her section at the BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport) Indoor Rowing Competition. Her personal best time set in the 2,000m at the British Trials in November was entered in the BUCS event and won her the gold.

Rebecca explained: "I had my first British Trials of the season at the end of November.

"They were held in Boston, Lincolnshire and were due to be a 2,000m test on the rowing machine and then a 5,000m test on the water.

"Unfortunately, the water racing had to be cancelled because of dangerous weather conditions, though the 2,000m still went ahead.

"I was really happy to get a new personal best and reached the aim I had set myself of going under 6.50 minutes, with a time of 6.49.8, which beat my old PB by over five seconds.

"This gave me the top under-23 women's score and I was the fourth woman overall.

"My time was entered into the University Indoor Rowing Series which saw more than 1,600 rowers taking part in 13 indoor rowing events across the UK.

"My time won me the gold medal which was a great bonus as it's the first time I've entered the competition."

Salford University student Rebecca is currently in hard winter training and has a British Start camp this weekend.

At the last camp she was fastest woman and hopes to retain her title.

The following week she will return to Boston for the next stage of British trials, which will be a 5,000m race on the water in single sculls.

Rebecca's quest to row for Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil was boosted last July after she helped the GB under-23 women's eight secure fourth place in the World U23 Championships in Lithuania.

Last summer the Deganwy rower was also part of the Great Britain U23 Composite Elite 8 squad which defeated top crews from America at the world-famous Henley Women's Regatta.

To round off an amazing day, she met her hero Sir Steve Redgrave.

Rebecca also got to carry the Olympic torch in Manchester.

The young North Walian is a former Paralympian who has hyper-mobility and dyspraxia, which affects how she interprets signals from her senses.

But confusion over her condition led to her being stripped of discus silver at the Beijing Paralympics and prompted her switch to Olympic rowing.
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Date:Jan 31, 2013
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