Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The 82-Year-Old Twins Who Are Dedicated Cheerleaders for Britain's Rowing Team

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The 82-Year-Old Twins Who Are Dedicated Cheerleaders for Britain's Rowing Team

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Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent

THEY are a sprightly 82, but a great grandmother and her identical twin sister are among the biggest fans of British rowing.

Rosemary Singer and Katy Davies have followed Team GB rower Stephen Rowbotham around the world since he was first selected to represent his country in 2003.

Rowbotham, 30, from Twickenham -- grandson of Mrs Singer and great nephew of Mrs Davies -- will tomorrow go for gold in the men's quadruple sculls with every generation of his family watching from the grandstand.

"I think we row every stroke with them," Mrs Singer, from Devon, said. "We always follow GB rowing. They are a jolly good lot. They do so well. I like them to win everything. The emotion is tremendous. I'm 82 but it takes years off my life."

They have been to world regattas in Lucerne, Belgrade and Bled in Slovenia. They were also in Beijing to see Rowbotham win bronze. Mrs Davies, who lives in Sutton, said: "It's a pleasure to follow them. …

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