All about Alice Rose Mason
Local girl Alice is 29 lives in Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire with her wife and two children.
She was born with a left talapiz (club foot) and played netball for 23 years prior to amputation on the 25th August 2018.
Alice was back to the gym 5 weeks after the amputation and started at Peterborough city rowing club in October 2018 which led her to take part in the British Rowing Championships in December 2018, claiming a credible 3rd place (bronze medal) in category “pr3”.
She is currently working towards racing in the summer on the water and pushing forward to be a part of the talent in the GB program for Tokyo 2020.
Currently taking part in Sporting Saturday in Peterborough to encourage other disabled individuals to join rowing groups.
Inspire is the company who helped her get in contact with a coach.
The Story so far...
September 2019 Update
So the Saturday just gone (21st September 2019) I raced in both a women’s four and a women’s eight - both able-bodied races - over at the Milton Keynes Regatta.
We managed to win both races, which was fantastic and I am looking forward to getting stuck into the up coming season’s racing and training.
End of Season - Update 30th August 2019
So my season has just finished today on a high, in August I raced in two separate Able-bodied woman’s eight’s boats, one at St. Neots and the other at Sudbury. Both of which we won, which was great.
Then I completed my 2k ERG score, improving on my times once again.
The next season starts in 2 weeks and so it’s back to the grind for the 2019/2020 season and we also start preparing for a camp in October, with trials in November for my woman’s pair and BRIC19 in London coming in December, so a busy run in to the end of the year.
Henley Women’s Regatta - Friday 21st June to Sunday 23rd June 2019.
Sunday 23rd June 2019 - Pararowing Single Sculls
Representing the Peterborough Rowing Club, I raced the single sculls heat just before 2pm, being drawn on the least favourable side to race from (the Buckingham Station). I was up against a visually impaired rower from New South Wales, Australia and despite being behind, as I hit the boom (wooden pole) early on, I managed to come back and won quite convincingly!
So having made it to the final where once again the other girl was visually impaired, this time representing the Marlow Club. Drawn to race from the difficult Buckingham Station, I again hit the boom with the same thing happened and my rival got away from me, I was some way back from her but managed to catch up with herb this time despite a strong finish ended up being beaten but only by a canvas, so basically a metre between us, very close!!
TEAM GB training camp in Varese, Italy - May 2019
So finally got back home on Wednesday from TEAM GB training camp in Varese, Italy. This latest training block went well, we had a few “friendly races” against the French para team whilst I was out in there & my times have improved so an all round well worthy two weeks.
My international classification also took place out in Italy and now it’s all been finalised so I’m a PR3 with 20 points, so I can now race all over the world.
Coming up I’m away again at another TEAM GB development camp 6, 7, 8 & 9th June, then racing at Nottingham for British Championships in a W-2, in an open category so this time against able bodied woman on the 15th June, back again on the 16th if we make the finals.
I’m also entered into Henley Woman’s race in my single but in my own Category this time, time trial 21st, racing 22nd and finals 23rd of June, if I do well at Henley I am going to represent England at the Home internationals in my own Category against Scotland, Wales & Ireland in Strathclyde at the end of July.
Also racing both days in the Peterborough Summer Regatta on 10th & 11th August in a pair in an open able bodied event both dates and my single in my own category, have blocks of training in amongst those dates but some big races there for me to try and win.
Congratulations Alice on Winning Disabled Achiever of the Year Award - March 2019
Sponsored by City College Peterborough
Congratulations to Alice on winning the World Rowing Virtual Indoor Sprints 1000m(1km) title - March 2019
Alice has just won the World Rowing Virtual Indoor Sprints 1000m (1km) title, this is a virtual indoor rowing championship run jointly by Concept2 and World Rowing.
Posting a very impressive time of 3:36.7 minutes, this saw Alice placed 1st out of 35 in the Overall Adaptive Women Category and 1st out of 29 in the PR3 Adaptive Women Category.
The top 10 was made up of competitors from Great Britain, France, USA and Armenia, so Alice is now making a global impact.
Training update from Alice Mason - February 2019
So the beginning of February saw me head over to Galicia, Spain with the British Rowing Squad for two weeks of winter training. The initial focus was very much on endurance training, so we started most days of with Biathlon’s which are ergo, bike, ergo and then bike. The rest of the day was then about long stints on the water, working on our technique. During my time out there I worked in a single, a pair and the mixed four, so lots of great feedback and lots more to focus on.
Now back home I am working towards being in a w2- which is a woman’s pair for Gavirate International Para Rowing Regatta (18th/19th May 2019, Gavirate, Italy) followed then by the Rowing World Cup and Rowing World Championships. All being well these will all take place further on in the year in various places overseas, so lots to look forward to and lots more hardwork to come!
New World Record at the British Indoor Rowing Championships
On Saturday December 8th 2018, Alice took part in the British Indoor Rowing Championships being held at the Lea Valley Stadium, with Justin and myself going down to support Alice in her continued endeavours in competing towards the Tokyo Para Olympics in Japan in 2020.
At these championships Alice was scheduled to compete in both the 500m and 2000m races.
In the first race, the endurance based 2000m, in a very tense and exciting race Alice completed the distance in a time of 07:40.8 minutes, finishing in second place by just 2.1 seconds behind TEAM GB member Ellen Buttrick who on winning the race set a new PR3-PD World Record, thus showing the quality of competitor Alice is up against in her task to be selected for TEAM GB in two years time.
In the second race, the 500m sprint Alice finished first, leading from the outset and in doing so set herself a new PR3-PD WORLD RECORD time of 01.44.6 minutes, nearly 15 seconds ahead of her nearest competitors, again current TEAM GB members.
Attached are a some of images of Alice at the Saturday’s competition and a very happy Justin with the new world record holder and her gold medal..!
"We will very much be looking to continue to support Alice over the coming years as her training and competitive schedule steps up to it’s ultimate goal in 2020 and I am sure if you see her around the offices at any point over that period then she will very much appreciate your support and good wishes."
Alice’s new FESA branded socket
Team GB Training Camp
19th October 2018. Hosted at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre.
On the first morning we observed indoor rowing in the lab and what to expect next year with the on site doctor who takes blood, etc. The we met the strength and core trainers in the elite gym (which was amazing!) and got shown what to expect, each athlete taking a turn at the exercises. After lunch we went across to Caversham GB lake and went out on the lake in a double, sculling with the leading coach Tom Dyson to work on posture, then finished up on the sweep machine with Nick who was taking about rowing in a quad and how far to come up the drive. Overall a fantastic first taste of Team GB!
Unofficial world record time !
7th July 2018. A non-sanctioned event so we can’t claim the world record but fantastic progress.
Alice in Training
Friday 22nd June, Peterborough Rowing Club.
Alice Approved !
Approved now for training as part of the GB Olympic Para Olympic team.
All immediate competitions on water have therefore been suspended by GB team,
Indoor Events coming up include;
Scottish Championships in Motherwell over 1000m on 17th November 2018
Welsh Championships in Cardiff over 1000m on 24th November 2018
English Championships in London over 2000m on 8th December 2018
Other events on the Horizon;
Limitless Games School talks/visits;
Discovery School, Peterborough - 14/6 8.30am - 11am
Sacred Heart School, Peterborough - 14/6 12pm - 3pm
Werrington School, Peterborough - 21/6 8.30am - 3pm
Also Alice is due to attend the opening of the Addenbrooks new Children’s Prosthetics Ward along with fellow Para Olympic Atheletes Jonny Peacock and Owen Pitts, all details to be confirmed soon.