ROWING: FORMER King's School pupil Tom James is going to the Olympic Games in Athens with the Great Britain squad.
He has been included in the eight which shows just one change from the crew which finished third in the World Championships last year.
James, who is 20 and lives at Coedpoeth, near Wrexham, has taken a year out of his engineering studies at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, who he represented in the Boat Race last year, losing in one of the closest races in history.
The British crew is in full-time training for the Olympics and will leave for altitude training in Austria, followed by another camp in France.
James left The King's School two years ago after collecting a bronze medal at the world junior, silver at the national junior and gold at the national senior championships.
He only took up the sport when a knee injury forced him to quit athletics and his father, Mike, has since become an oarsman with Rex Rowing Club, made up of King's School fathers. King's have a crew at Henley Royal Regatta this week. The quad of Tom Fitton, Simon Barnwell, Jonathan Brownley and Nick Davenport is racing a crew from Upper Thames RC in the first round of their event today.