Adaptive rowing at Edgbaston Reservoir

During the summer holidays LOOK and Action for Blind People, together with Sport England and ARA West Midlands Adaptive Coach Maddie Millichap, held a rowing taster day at Edgbaston Reservoir in Birmingham. Both organisations ensure blind and partially sighted people receive practical support in all aspects of their lives and run family activity days regularly.

15 children took part in the rowing sessions, and many of the parents/guardians had a go too when they saw how much fun their children were having. This is the second year Maddy has held these sessions and many of those taking part had returned from last year.

Maddie currently works with two visually impaired colleges Queen Alexander College Birmingham and New College Worcester to develop their indoor and water based rowing activities. Worcester Rowing Club and New College have been running rowing sessions for the students for over ten years, and the aim is for some of the students to integrate into the main club squads where possible. This year this has worked well with two ex-students from New College winning their ‘novices’ and joining the main rowing section. They are progressing so well that they are hoping to be part of the GB adaptive squad.

If you would like further infromation about Adaptive Rowing in the West Midlands please contact Maddie on 07960 534704 or email madeleine.millichap@ara-rowing.org