Great Britain just added a Women’s 4 making it 24 British boats competing on Lake Aiguebelette later this month at the Rowing World Championships in France. Chin joins Karen Bennett, Lucinda Gooderham and Holly Norton to row at the event in Aiguebelette.
Chin turned to rowing after winning a silver medal in the discus when 16 at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics in China. Unfortunately, Chin was reclassified during her event by the International Paralympics Committee who found Chin to be “not disabled enough” by her lower leg impairment. In an official statement the IPC said “In today’s discus event, the athlete (Chin) showed significantly different skill sets and subsequently the chief classifier lodged a protest under exceptional circumstances.” Chin was forced to give back her medal when she became ineligible.
Not surprisingly with perseverance Chin was drawn to rowing. At the time, Phil Lane the British Paralympic team’s diplomatic chief of mission stated “This has highlighted the inexact nature of the classification process.” Chin showed great grace by saying “I’m obviously disappointed with the outcome but I am proud to have represented Great Britain at the Paralympic Games.” Now Chin gets the exact nature of working hard and rowing strong for Great Britain at the Rowing World Championships.
The Rowing World Championships run from August 30 to September 6.
Good luck to Chin, Bennett, Gooderham and Norton of the hard working Women’s 4 in Aiguebelette.