Sports Summary

Rowing was included for the first time in the Paralympic program in 2008. Commonly known as adaptive rowing, it is open to people with a physical impairment or vision impairment in sweep rowing or sculling disciplines.

Links

Rowing Australia

FISA – World Rowing

International Paralympic Committee

Events & Disciplines

  • Single Scull (men’s and women’s events)
  • Double Sculls (mixed)
  • Coxed Four (mixed)

Classification

Who is eligible for Rowing? Athletes with a vision impairment or physical impairment.

What are the classes? Athletes are classified into classes depending on their functional ability. An athlete’s class indicates the type of boat used in competition.

Athletes with a vision impairment: LTA (legs, trunk and arms).
Athletes with a physical impairment: LTA (legs, trunk and arms), TA (trunk and arms) and AS (arms and shoulders).

How do I get a classification? Request a classification using the Get Classified form.

Classification Masterlist: Rowing Australia manages the Australian Rowing Classification Masterlist. This list includes athletes who have been classified as per FISA Classification Rules or APC Classification Policy.

Rules & Equipment

The hull of the adaptive rowing boat is identical to able-bodied boats. Adaptive rowing boats are equipped with special seats, which vary according to the disability of the rower. To date, there are no other specifications on the seat apart from the following: the LTA4+ has a sliding seat; the other three boat classes have fixed seats. The TA 2x has a seat, which offers ‘complimentary support’. The AW1x and AM1x are equipped with a seat, which offers ‘ postural support’ to those individuals with compromised sitting balance (i.e. spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy). This ensures the upper body is supported and kept in a fixed position.

Smaller boats are equipped with buoyancy devices called pontoons, which act as stabaliser attached to the boats riggers, providing additional lateral balance.

Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
2012 0 1 0 1
2008 0 1 0 1
Gavin Bellis

Gavin Bellis

Rowing

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Jo Burnand

Jo Burnand

Rowing

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Erik Horrie

Erik Horrie

Rowing

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Brock Ingram

Brock Ingram

Rowing

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Davinia Lefroy

Davinia Lefroy

Rowing

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Jeremy McGrath

Jeremy McGrath

Rowing

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Kathleen Murdoch

Kathleen Murdoch

Rowing

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Kathryn Ross

Kathryn Ross

Rowing

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Meet the 2016 Paralympic rowing Team

For further information about this sport and how to get involved please contact the National or your State Federation below

Rowing Australia
rowingaustralia.com.au

Rowing Australian Capital Territory
rowingact.org.au

Rowing New South Wales
rowingnsw.asn.au

Rowing Queensland
rowingqld.asn.au

Rowing South Australia
rowingsa.asn.au

Rowing Tasmania
rowingtasmania.com.au

Rowing Victoria
rowingvictoria.asn.au

Rowing Western Australia
rowingwa.asn.au