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Naomi Riches

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Naomi spoke at our District Conference in 2014 and told us her story – how she became involved in rowing and culminating in winning Gold at London 2012 Paralympics.  She has since retired from the sport and now works as a Development Consultant for Thomas Sport and Education building and maintaining relationships with clients, as well as supporting her Manager and Consultants at all stages of the client cycle. With her background in Sport and her ability to connect with young people in the school environment, much of her time is spend working directly with the clients, delivering workshops, feedback sessions and development sessions.

She is also now Patron of the IN-vision charity whose mission is to raise awareness of, further research into and maybe even find a cure for Infantile Nystagmus (IN). She was diagnosed with Nystagmus at just a couple of months old and she sees being able to support such a fantastic charity is an honour. To raise funds for IN-vision she undertook The Great Thames Row from 17th to 19th September 2016, rowing single-handedly 165 miles from Lechlade to Gravesend in 47 hours, 59 minutes and 54 seconds!