Monday 12th September 2016

It's been a golden weekend in Rio de Janeiro for two former King Edward VI College students who secured gold at the Paralympics for Team GB. Helen Scott, who completed her studies at King Ed's in 2008 returned to Paralympic action to secure medals in track cycling and Lauren Rowles who received her A Level results just a few short weeks ago struck gold in the rowing on her Paralympic debut.

Lauren is a former wheelchair athlete took up rowing last year whilst studying at KE following a chance meeting with GB Rowing Team staff at Stoke Mandeville Sports Centre. On Sunday she and her partner Laurence Whitely rowed to gold in the trunk-arms mixed double scull class.

Helen Scott secured gold and bronze medals as the sighted pilot for her visually impaired partner Sophie Thornhill in the track cycling. Helen, had previously bagged a silver and bronze at London 2012 with another partner.

Speaking about the duo's success King Edward's Principal Remley Mann said: “Both these young women are truly inspirational. Lauren has done incredibly well these last two years to combine training for a new sport with a successful A Level programme and although Helen completed her studies some time ago she has kept in touch returning to college in the past to share her story with our current students. Everyone here at King Edward's would like to congratulate these two wonderful athletes.”