Durham University student's Olympic call-up

Lily won Gold in the World Rowing Championships in Slovenia Credit: Durham University

Durham University student and rowing cox Lily van den Broecke has been selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Lily’s selection comes only a couple of weeks after winning Gold at the Munich World Cup with her crew.

The 20-year-old is a first year student at Durham University, she started rowing at secondary school. After four years of sculling, she tried out as a cox and found it suited her. She splits her time between rowing and studying a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Although Lily has been selected for the Paralympics, she is able-bodied. The rules do not preclude able-bodied athletes to compete as rowing coxes in the Paralympics.

"I'm beyond excited to be part of the Paralympic Games. Not only is it an honour to be coxing some top athletes but the experience will be made even more special when shared with our home nation."