Nick Beighton missed out on a Paralympic medal by the narrowest of margins – but insists rowing has turned his life around.
Rowing in the mixed double sculls with Sam Scowen, who hails from Powys, Shrewsbury’s Beighton had to settle for fourth, losing out to the USA by just 0.2 seconds in the battle for the bronze medal.
But for Beighton, who only came into the sport three years ago having been injured serving in Afghanistan, the sport has given his life meaning again.
He said: “When I think where I was two or three years ago it’s been a good journey. It’s not over yet, there’s plenty more to come.
“Rowing’s given me a lot, I came into it off the back of pretty bad things happening in my life.
“But it’s given me a real focus and a positive feeling about where my life is and the direction I can take in and knowing it’s in my control and rowing offers that.”
Scowen added:?“Fourth is the worst place. I would rather have finished fifth.
“It was really hard to come that close to a medal. I hope we made everyone proud.”
Meanwhile, Telford archer Danielle Brown admitted she almost buckled under the pressure after squeezing into the semi-finals at the London 2012 Paralympics.
The 22-year-old made a solid start in her quarter-final match against Maria Rubio Larrion of Spain, taking a 2-0 advantage in the first set.
But after the second was tied, she allowed her opponent to level before eventually securing a 6-4 victory in the fifth and final set.
It was an uncharacteristically nervous performance by the world No.1 but she has booked a semi-final berth with Marina Lyzhnikova.
“I’ve been shooting really well in practice but I don’t really know what happened,” said Brown. “It must have been the nerves.
“I was a bit disappointed with how I shot but I got through, which was the main thing.”
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