HARROW Weald Paralympic gold medalist Naomi Riches says Eton Dorney is still her lake after winning the mixed coxed four title at the World Rowing Cup.
Riches returned to the site of her London 2012 triumph and continued to show her world-class form as the British team easily saw off the Ukraine to top the podium at the weekend.
The Paralympic champion teamed up with London 2012 team-mate Pamela Relph and newcomers James Fox, Oliver Hester and cox Ollie James to row to victory.
Riches told the Observer: “All of the London 2012 signs had gone but it’s still our lake. It was quite a treat to be back there and race in front of a home crowd.
“Someone said that it was a record-breaking crowd for a World Cup so that just goes to show what an impact the Olympics and Paralympics has had on the public.
“People have been more interested than they were before and lots have asked me how they can get involved with rowing.”
Riches was made an MBE in the New Year’s honours list after her achievements last summer.