Weston rows his way to second gold

Weston Towler with his medal
Weston Towler with his medal

A DEDICATED octogenarian from Seaford has come up trumps and scooped gold in a rowing competition.

At the age of 83 Weston Towler has no intention of taking it easy and recently became the proud owner of his second gold medal.

Weston took part in the British Indoor Rowing Championships in Nottingham, and was this year’s oldest competitor at the event.

He competed against four other people in the men’s 80-84 Lwt category and rowed 2,000 metres in eight minutes and 46.2 seconds.

Mr Towler, who took up indoor rowing at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford when he retired 22 years ago, and trains three times a week.

He has now competed in the championships 17 times and won five medals.

This year Weston has also been inducted into the BIRC Hall of Fame.

Asked what he hopes to achieve this year he said, “I just want to do as well as I possibly can and come away being satisfied with my performance.

“Rowing is addictive and I definitely have a competitive streak in me.

“Indoor rowing exercises the whole body and helps the lungs work. It’s a great activity to help to me keep fit.

“My incentive is to keep pushing myself and to try and retain some of my past performance times.”

Stewart Angell, health & fitness manager for Wave Leisure, added, “Weston is an inspiration to us all.

“We see him here every week without fail, and his dedication to keeping himself active is admired by all our members and staff.”