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Paralympic rower fighting her way to Rio at the AIS

18 March 2016

Three-time world champion rower Kathryn Ross has taken up cross-training in boxing at the AIS, determined to fight for gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

A silver medallist at the in 2008 Beijing Paralympics, Ross and rowing partner Gavin Bellis have built a fearsome reputation before the Rio Games by winning the past three world titles in the mixed double sculls.

But Ross, who works at the Australian Sports Commission, has also been stepping into the boxing ring to round out her preparation. Ross has partnered with respected boxing coach Paul Perkins, the pair training regularly together at the AIS in Canberra.   

Ross suffered a leg injury due to a childhood accident with a ride-on lawnmower and says the boxing training has helped add balance to her rowing.

“I am limited in what I can do and dabbling in boxing last year with my coach we thought that it might be something that I could benefit from,” Ross said.

“The boxing program has contributed hugely to my rowing style particularly with balance and coordination, strength and knowing when to be on and when to be off. It’s balancing out my rowing,” Ross said.

Perkins is confident he can boost Ross’ physical qualities in muscle endurance, power and coordination.

“The drills start with punching work then we progress to body weighted exercises and finish with a session in the boxing ring with movement patterns and footwork drills,” Perkins said.

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