Wisbech Grammar School rower Camilla (17) takes national gold

Rower Camilla Plumb
Rower Camilla Plumb
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A rower at Wisbech Grammar School has outclassed older competitors to take a national gold medal at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

Camilla Plumb, who is still only 17 years old and studying for her A Levels, beat rowers from universities across the country in the women’s under 23 lightweight two-kilometre event at the London 2012 velodrome.

She powered to a winning time of 7 minutes 55 seconds on the rowing machine, opening up almost 50 seconds of clear water between her and her closest rival.

A member of the Peterborough City Rowing Club since the age of 12, Camilla, who lives in Eye, was competing in only her second national event, having taken part in the British indoor rowing championships in Birmingham in 2010.

She said: “It was a really good experience, especially visiting the Olympic Park where the Great Britain athletes had been in 2012 – and I was not expecting to win.”

Headmaster Mr Chris Staley said: “We are all really very proud of Camilla and her rowing achievements.

“This is the culmination of countless hours of dedication, hard work and sacrifice, and to win the women’s under 23 lightweight two-kilometre contest is amazing. I hope this will be the start of us hearing about her rowing successes.”