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Isle Of Wight's Annie Selected To Compete At Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

Benedict Tufnell for British Rowing

An Islander has been selected for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris this summer.

Annie Caddick grew up on the Isle of Wight, where she developed a passion for water-sports.

Rowing alongside her for Paralympics GB in the new PR3 Mixed double sculls boat class at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will be Sam Murray.

For Sam, this new event will see him fulfil a Paralympic aspiration that started at a talent identification event back in 2007 where he was first noted as a potential rower.

Sam and Annie have rowed together since 2023 and were recently crowned European champions.

They are excited to be making their Paralympic debuts in this inaugural event of the PR3 Mixed double sculls.

Annie said:

“Each day it gets a bit closer and I get a little more excited and a little more nervous.

"Sam and I have built a great partnership and we are looking forward to being the first to represent Great Britain in this boat class.

"The competition is fierce and the standard is very close, so I think we’ll see some exciting racing!”

Growing up on the island she used to travel by boat to school and spent her free time surfing with her family and her summers lifeguarding the Isle of Wight’s beaches.

Annie started rowing while studying at the University of Birmingham.

Rowing appealed to Annie as it was the first time she had participated in a sport where, as someone with cerebral palsy, she felt she could keep up with her able-bodied teammates and was treated as an equal rather than someone with a disability.

While rowing with the university team Annie’s coach suggested she apply for British rowing’s para development program.

Annie’s career highlights include medalling at the 2023 European Championships and achieving Paralympic qualification at the world championships in the PR3 mixed double sculls.

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