Oar-some role for rower Rose

A HARTLEPOOL dragon boat racer is celebrating after being called up to represent Great Britain.

Rose Deighton, 47, is one of five Tees Valley paddlers to be chosen for the GB squad to compete in the world championships.

She will travel with the rest of the team to Szeged, Hungary in July.

Rose, who has only been involved in the sport for four years, said: “I got into it as a fluke in the first place.”

She explained how the partner of another runner was involved in dragon boating and invited Rose to have a go. “I went along and gave it a try, and I have been dragon boating ever since.”

Rose, who works as an IT consultant for Billingham chemical company Johnson Matthey and lives in the Hart Lane area, will be part of the GB senior squad in Hungary.

She has high hopes of success. She said the GB senior squad did “really well” at the European championships last year.

Rose is part of the Powerhouse Dragon Boat Racing Club, which is based at the River Tees Watersports Centre near the Infinity Bridge in Stockton.

Four other paddlers from the team - Julie Hollins from Eaglescliffe, Colin Smith and Joanne Tickle from Middlesbrough, and Bryan Tucker from Redcar - have also been selected to be part of team GB.