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Paralympics hopeful converts barn at her Rogart home into gym


By Alison Cameron

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Hope Gordon training on her kayaking machine in the barn which has been converted into a gym.
Hope Gordon training on her kayaking machine in the barn which has been converted into a gym.

Sutherland’s paralympics contender Hope Gordon should now be putting the finishing touches to her preparations for this year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

But as the Games were postponed last week until 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Hope has had to improvise to keep her training on track.

Hope (25), whose family home is in Rogart, is up for selection in the Paralympics kayaking KL3 (level three) team.

To make sure she keeps fit, she has now set up a gym in an old barn on the family croft at West Langwell.

She told the NT: “I have put my kayaking rowing machine in the barn, plus some weights, and we are currently erecting a pull-up bar. It’s great that it will enable me to carry on training.”

Hope was due to take part in the selection process for a place in the kayaking squad at the end of this month. This, of course, has been cancelled because of the current pandemic and will probably now take place this time next year.

Hope said: “As I am still quite new to this, it gives me another year’s training, so that's quite helpful.”

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