SEAFORD: Weston, 82, proves age no barrier with rowing gold

Weston Towler with his award
Weston Towler with his award

A SEAFORD resident has claimed a gold medal at the British Indoor Rowing Championships (BIRC), at the age of 82.

Weston Towler has been a member of the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford for 20 years and has been interested in the sport since his early twenties.

He recently came up trumps at the event in Birmingham with a time of eight minutes and 41.6 seconds over 2,000 metres.

In his 16th consecutive year of entering the BIRC, Weston is looking to attend the World Championships in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in February next year.

He said, “I still train regularly three times a week, and the friendly staff, good equipment and motivating atmosphere make it much easier.

“I started indoor rowing when I retired and its keeps me occupied and gives me something to focus on.”

Stewart Angell, health and fitness manager for Wave Leisure said, “Weston is an inspiration to many of our customers and staff.

“His dedication and commitment show what can be achieved – whatever age you happen to be.”

Weston has also been nominated for the Concept 2 Hall of Fame and you can vote on the Concept 2 website:http://concept2.co.uk/birc/hall_of_fame_poll.