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Golden girl Grace

28 September 2016

Paralympian gold medallist Grace Clough received a tremendous ovation from fellow Blades during Tuesday night's Sky Bet League One encounter with Bristol Rovers.


The Sheffield lass was a special guest at the fixture and showed off her gold medal to the crowd.


"Thank you for a fantastic night and the fans for a great reception," said 25-year-old Grace. "I've been a Blade all my life, my dad used to live on Fentonville Street, the other side of London Road, and you could hear the roar from Bramall Lane.


"All the family are Blades fans and it is great to be recognised by the club."


Earlier this month, Grace and team-mates Pamela Relph, Dan Brown, James Fox and cox Oliver James won the LTA mixed coxed four gold medal in Rio.


A combination of illness and injury meant they did not make a competitive appearance until the heats in Brazil but they quickly found their rhythm to secure victory. It was a similar story in the final as they took control of the race from the off and went on to win by a length.


Grace, a former pupil at High Storrs school, is also a double World Champion, following successes in 2014 and 2015.


Prior to attending a SportsFest event at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield to promote disability sports in 2013, Grace had no rowing experience.


England cricketer and fellow Blade Joe Root was also a guest of the club at Tuesday night's fixture and the duo dined together before watching the 1-0 victory over Bristol Rovers.


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