Yet that was not the end
Roberts was 14, eager but inexperienced having only learned to row a year earlier when her state school become one of the few in the country to have its own rowing club. Five years on the Oxford Dalvin Cook Jersey University student smiles at the memory as she prepares for her second Boat Race.
“It was going so well,” she says. “But just as I made the last call, black buoy, which signalled there was 500m to go, my blade snapped in half. It took us 10 minutes to row the last bit – and to make matters worse, my friends in the boat then had to row back to Barnes bridge. It took an hour and a half and I just sat there freezing and crying.”
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“A week later he gave me the oar – and Dame Katherine had written on it: ‘Alice, congratulations on smashing some blades – now go and smash some records!’”
So far the 19-year-old Roberts, who is in the second year of a philosophy and linguistics degree, is doing her best to live up to Grainger’s advice. But without her alma mater, Cheney school in Headington, starting Oxford’s first state school rowing club, she probably would not have taken up the sport.
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The story soon caught the attention of the local newspaper, the Oxford Times, who noted how pupils “were blowing the elitist rowing club stereotype out of the water”. They also spoke to Roberts, then 14, who http://www.falconsfootballofficialonline.com/Tevin-Coleman-Jersey.html admitted: “I never thought I Lance Dunbar Youth jersey would have been able to become a rower – it always seemed too
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