Northallerton rower going for gold

Laurence Whiteley

Published at 2:50pm 7th September 2016. (Updated at 5:05pm 7th September 2016)

A rower from Northallerton is preparing for his first Paralympic Games.

25-year-old Laurence Whiteley will compete in the trunk-arms mixed double sculls with Lauren Rowles.

They teamed up last year and have already claimed a silver medal at the World Championships.

After suffering from an aggressive form of bone cancer at the age of 14, Laurence took to swimming as part of his rehabilitation.

In 2012, he decided to move to para-rowing instead, training with coach Greg Beswick at the Tees Rowing Club before moving to British Rowing's high performance centre at Caversham.

Councillor Mark Robson, Leader of Hambleton District Council, said: "We wish Laurence the best of luck for the Games. He is Hambleton's only Paralympian athlete and we are very proud of him - especially as he is a former district council employee.

"We hope everyone will turn on their televisions on Friday to cheer him on."

Laurence's competition runs from Friday until Sunday.