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Silver for Tom Ford on full GB Debut

Former Grange School student, Tom Ford, was part of a Men’s Eight crew that secured the Silver medal position following an exciting race at the World Rowing Championships in Belgrade in March.

Making his debut for the Senior GB rowing squad, Tom was in the stroke seat at the front of the boat. From there, he dictated the stroke rate and drove the crew off to a blistering start. At the 500m mark, three crews were neck and neck in the medal positions before the British started to ease into the lead. They maintained their slender advantage for most of the rest of the race but were just unable to hold off a late charge from the crew from the Netherlands.

It was a performance full of promise for Tom and the GB crew who are at the start of the Olympic cycle, the only slight disappointment being that they had come out on top in an exhibition race against the same three crews a day previously.

“We are so proud of Tom’s achievements. He started his journey in our Junior School, took his opportunity in the Senior School, continued his passion at University and was rewarded today,” said The Grange School’s Head of Rowing, Graham Jump.