Pamela Relph MBE, Paralympic Rowing Champion

Pamela Relph MBE is a reigning Paralympic Champion, 3x World Rowing Champion and remains undefeated in international competition.

pamelateamPam receives support from the the Meatsnacks Group by way of a variety of product from jerk and biltong to Hogbites pork snacks. These high protein snacks assist with her training and recovery Pam told us —

“I am very lucky to be supported by The Meatsnacks Group on the Road to Rio. Being a full time athlete, I have to work hard at fuelling myself for training and the products I get from the Meatsnacks Group help me with this. Biltong is the best post training snack for me as it has huge amounts of protein and is easy to chuck in my kit bag and grab as I dash between training sessions.”

Pam is now training towards Rio 2016.

Pam’s Story

Pam was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis at a young age, with the condition manifesting itself in the degeneration in her joints. Her wrist bones fused together whilst Pam was growing and as a result she has limited function and strength in her hand and wrist.

Nonetheless, at age sixteen, Pam embarked on an Army Officer training scheme, winning a scholarship at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College. Pam was sponsored by the Royal Engineers and had her heart set on a military career, however after four years of education and military training her disability meant that an Army career was no longer viable.

After being medically discharged from the Army, in 2011, Pam‘s older sister Monica, (an international GB Rower herself), encouraged Pam to enquire into classification for Paralympic rowing and it was from there that Pam began her career as a full time athlete.

Within 10 months, Pam was crowned World Champion in the Legs, Trunk and Arms Mixed Coxed 4 (LTA4+) classification at the 2011 World Championship regatta in Bled, Slovenia.

In the 2012 Paralympic Games, Pam‘s crew took the Gold Medal on home water at Eton Dorney, leaving a strong German crew in second place and securing the greatest triumph a Paralympian can achieve.

Pam went on to win consecutive world championship titles in 2013 and 2014, with new crewmates, following retirements by the rest of her teammates in the London 2012 boat. She is now training hard on the Road to Rio and is aiming for selection for the 2015 World Championship Team which will be heading out to Aiguebelette, France in late August.

 

 

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