Name:                                    Susannah Barnett

D.O.B:                                     16/11/1971

Nationality:                          British

Place of Birth:                     Crowborough, Sussex

Sport/Play Position:        Rowing

Club:                                       Worcester Rowing Club/Maidenhead Rowing Club



In 2014 I was made City of Worcester of Worcester Disability Personality of the Year. I won this award mainly as result of my desire and success to learn to row a single scull craft.  I am not only visually impaired but I also have a muscular abnormality (Dystonia) causing my walking gait and balance to be affected. Many said this could not be done, i wanted to prove otherwise.  Eventually, after much trying, I won
races and gained the achievement of my Novice point. The point that all competitive scullers seek to achieve. I currently row for both Worcester Rowing Club and last year also rowed for the University of Worcester Rowing club. I am unable to work but after winning the award, I wanted to give back to the community and my rowing experience to date has led me to develop something of a speakers role on my sporting experiences.

I also play Blind cricket for the Ladies Blind Cricket for the UK and i am making my first attempt at Inclusive Rugby in Worcester and also to go tandem bike riding, something I have wanted to do for a long time!

Greatest Achievement:

Winning my novice point against mainstream rowers.

Completing the Great Ouse Rowing Marathon

How has the Worcester Sporting Grant helped you?

The Worcester Sporting Grant has enabled me to travel to Maidenhead Rowing Club throughout the winter season to improve positively on my training in the aim competing in more races next year.

Aims for the future?

October next year I want to be able to take part in the Head of the Charles Race, on the Charles River in Boston, USA. Not only would this be a huge experience to take part in a very large American event, it will also be experience of where there will be a large para-rowing contingent competing within the overall event, (particularly involving the supported-double event).