All about Alice Rose Mason
Alice is 29 years old and lives in Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire with her wife and daughter.
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...
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.