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Pam Relph

Pam Relph

Pamela Lillian Relph MBE (born 14 November 1989) is a British adaptive rower who won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Paralympics, thus becoming the first double gold medallist in Paralympic rowing.

Pam Relph

Pam Relph with 2012 Summer Paralympics gold medal
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Paralympic rowing
Summer Paralympic Games
2012 London LTA coxed fours
2016 Rio LTA coxed fours
World Rowing Championships
2011 Bled LTA coxed fours
2013 Chungju LTA coxed fours
2014 Amsterdam LTA coxed fours
2015 Aiguebelette LTA coxed fours

Personal life

Relph was born on 14 November 1989 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. She attended John Colet School, in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, who have named one of their tutor houses after her.[1]

She attended the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College on an Army scholarship and planned to join the Royal Engineers as an Engineering Officer.[1] Her army career was ended by arthritis.[2] She studied at the University of Birmingham and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics.[3]

She is the sister of Monica Relph, GB Women's Senior rowing Squad member.


Relph was introduced to the sport of rowing in August 2010 by her older sister, who had rowed internationally for Great Britain. In November 2010 she finished second in the British Indoor Rowing Championships.[1]

In 2011, she competed at the World Rowing Championships held at Lake Bled, Bled, Slovenia. She won the gold medal in the Legs Trunk and Arms mixed Coxed Four (LTAMix4+) event alongside crewmates Naomi Riches, David Smith, James Roe and Lily van den Broecke, the cox.[1][4] They completed the one kilometre course in a time of three minutes, 27.10 seconds, finishing nearly five seconds ahead of the second placed Canadian boat. The result meant that Great Britain qualified a boat for the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.[5] The crew repeated their gold medal result at the Munich World Cup event in 2012.[1]

She was selected along with Riches, Smith, Roe and van den Broeke, to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the mixed coxed four event.[2][6] The event took place from 31 August to 2 September at Eton Dorney,[7] where team GB won the gold medal.

The GB LTAM4+ crew retained their World Champions crown in August 2013 at Chungju, South Korea. Relph, along with Riches and new crew members Oliver Hester, James Fox and cox Oliver James, took gold in a time of 3min 16.12sec, ahead of Italy (silver) and South Africa (bronze).

In 2014 Relph and crewmates Hester, Fox, James and Grace Clough successfully defended their LTAMxd4+ World Champion status in Amsterdam with the same crew going on to repeat this feat at the 2015 World Championships at Aiguebelette, France, defeating the American crew by.26 of a second in the Final.

Victory at Aiguebelette qualified the GB LTAM4+ boat for the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic regatta, where Relph and her crew won Gold, retaining their Paralympic title, in a time of 3 min 17.17 seconds, defeating USA (silver) and Canada (bronze) and making Relph the first Paralympic rower to win two gold medals.

Relph was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to rowing.[8][9]

See also


  1. "Pam Relph". British Paralympic Association. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  2. "Oarsome Pamela makes Team GB squad for 2012 Paralympics". The Bucks Herald. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  3. "Students row their way into the London 2012 Paralympic Games". London Higher. 28 June 2012. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  4. "World Rowing: GB mixed coxed four win adaptive gold". BBC Sport. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  5. "Wham, bam thank you Pam as rower gets gold to set up London 2012 dream". The Bucks Herald. 8 September 2011. Archived from the original on 19 September 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  6. "2012 Paralympics: GB rowing's mixed coxed four – who's who?". BBC Sport. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  7. "Mixed Coxed Four – LTAMix4+". The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  8. "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 25.
  9. Cabinet Office
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