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The GB Rowing Team is the high performance arm of British Rowing. Rowing is the nation’s most continuously successful Olympic sport, having won a gold medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, and has won six Paralympic golds since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic Games programme in 2008.
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Rower // Para-Rowing Squad Date of Birth: 4th Jun 1981 (40 years old)
Club: Maidenhead Rowing Club Hometown: Newbury
Andy Houghton returned to the GB Rowing Team in 2017 to take on the challenge of racing the PR1 single sculls in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympic Games.
In a strong start to his Paralympic campaign, Houghton placed a creditable fourth at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota.
He took up rowing after attending a Paralympic talent day in Mile End, London, and became a member of the GB Rowing Team para squad in 2009.
Houghton earned his first GB vest at the 2009 Varese International Regatta, winning a silver medal in the men’s AS single scull behind fellow GB rower and Paralympic Champion Tom Aggar. He followed this with a silver medal at the Munich World Cup.
Houghton continued to win medals at World Cup regattas in 2012 and 2013, before taking a break from international rowing.
Having returned in 2017, Houghton rowed to an impressive fourth place at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton over the new distance of 2,000m.
A keen sportsman from a young age, Houghton played at Hungerford Rugby Club for a number of years as well as racing Motocross.