Seaford pensioner wins gold at British Indoor Rowing Championships

Inspirational Weston Towler has won his third gold medal at the British Indoor Rowing Championships, aged 85.

Weston, who trains at Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford, was this year’s oldest competitor, with his nearest rival aged 79.

The pensioner has no plans to rest on his laurels - he is already setting his personal goals for the year ahead.

Weston, who lives in Seaford, 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.

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

“I thoroughly enjoy my time there [the leisure centre] and would encourage everyone, whatever their age, to get and stay physically active.”

The British Indoor Rowing Championships were held in Nottingham at the end of 2013.

There were no other entrants in Weston’s age bracket. He rowed 2,000 metres in 09:02.4 minutes.

Weston took up indoor rowing when he retired 24 years ago and trains three times a week.

He has competed in the championships 18 times and won six medals and competed in the World Championships in the USA.

Health and fitness manager for Wave Leisure, Stewart Angell, said: “Weston is an inspiration to us all and continues to be year after year. We see him here every week without fail, and his dedication to keeping himself active is admired by all our members and staff.”