Simone Cottom

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The last few weeks have seen an influx of new rowers to the Program, not that this is a problem, we welcome with open arms anyone wishing to learn the art and science of rowing.

One of our newer rowers is Simone Cottom who comes to us from another sport, albeit a much colder one! Simone, due to her serious double knee damage qualifies as a PR2 rower.

“My name is Simone Cottom and I went blind ten years ago after suffering Meningitis and then a stroke. Since then I have been skiing regularly in both Japan and Canada until I broke my second leg in the trials for the Paralympics.

Following on from that injury [ my second as I severely damaged my other knee earlier] I have given up on the snow and started rowing again which is something I tried back at University. I love it and have been training hard to see where it takes me. I also work at Westpac and I speak fluent Japanese.

I love to travel and still do as much of that as I can. I have a Guide Dog named Gidget and she has been with me for the past five years. She is great fun and loves to meet people. If you ever are passing by  at a regatta or the program- stop and say hello !

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