What did you achieve during lockdown? Doncaster Rowing Club's Caroline Buckle sets new world record

Most of us, over the course of a strange last few months, have got a small sense of satisfaction out of either tidying the shed or having a much-needed clearout.

Tuesday, 4th August 2020, 11:42 am
Caroline Buckle

Army veteran Caroline Buckle, on the other hand, became a world record holder – and we should not be too surprised.

The 40-year-old was medically discharged from the services in 2014 after suffering from PTSD, depression and severe anxiety.

Six years previously she snapped her Achilles tendon while on tour, leaving her with no use of her toes on her left foot, nerve damage and minimum feeling from her kneecap down.

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But, after turning to a sports recovery programme, Caroline has competed at the Invictus Games and Warrior Games in various sports including para powerlifting, swimming, swimming, cycling and shot put.

She joined Doncaster Rowing Club last year and, unable to get out onto the water, spent lockdown putting in the hard yards on her indoor rowing machine.

That was rewarded last month when she won a 500m gold at British Rowing’s virtual regatta in a world record time of 02:02.4 in the 40-49 PR2 women’s category.

Buckle also claimed a silver medal in the 2000m.

“I really don't know how to feel about the record,” said Caroline. “Shocked definitely, but delighted.

"I'm so proud to be part of Doncaster Rowing Club and so pleased for them as well. Training now will focus on the British Rowing Indoor Championships later this year.”

PR2 is a Paralympic classification for people with trunk and arm function. The boat has a fixed seat.

"Our whole rowing community are so proud of Caroline's achievement,” said Rick Rolt, Doncaster Rowing Club’s Go Row Indoor coordinator/ coach and men’s captain.

“As well as being a great sporting achievement, it also shows that the sport really is for everyone.

“Our Go Row Indoor group, who until lockdown were training at our gym in Hexthorpe Park are especially pleased.

“The group really are a diverse bunch, ranging from members who just want to get a bit fitter away from traditional gyms through to record breaking athletes like Caroline.”