BSNSA Indoor Rowing Competition

Birmingham Special Needs School Association Indoor Competition

On the 16th March 2010, over 70 children from Special Educational Needs Schools around Birmingham took part in the BSNSA (Birmingham Special Needs Sports Association) indoor rowing competition at Calthorpe Specialist Sports College.

Familiar faces from Selly Oak, Victoria, Baskerville, Hallmoor, Fox Hollies, Braidwood took part in the event as well as some new ones from Wilson Stuart School. The day was a huge success, with children and teachers all enjoying themselves.

The event was used to pilot a new piece of adaptive rowing equipment designed by Concept2 to enable wheelchair users easier access to the rowing machine. Although this new equipment has been used in training it is the first time it has been used in competition – another first for Calthorpe Specialist Sports College! Postural support seats were also used and provided by the West Midlands Disability Rowing Association.

This fully inclusive event catered for pupils with a range of disabilities in years 7-13 providing both individual and a pairs event.The times raced were half the standard indoor racing times, as these are felt to be more applicable to the schools and are being tested in the special schools around Birmingham.

Results were as follows:

Yr 7 Girls MLD – Selly Oak Yr 7 Boys MLD – Baskerville
Yr 8 Girls MLD – Braidwood Yr 8 Boys MLD – Selly Oak
Yr 9 Girls MLD – Braidwood Yr 9 Boys MLD – Selly Oak
Yr 10 Girls MLD – Braidwood Yr 10 Boys MLD – Baskerville


Yr 7 Girls/Boys PD – Wilson Stuart
Yr 8 Boys PD – Wilson Stuart
Yr 11 PD – Victoria
Yr 12/13 PD – Victoria


Yr 10 SLD – Calthorpe
Yr 11 SLD – Calthorpe
Yr 12/13 SLD – Hallmoor


The event was organised by Maddie Millichap (British Rowing C&C Adaptive Coach) and Sam Fletcher (Competition Manager, Birmingham). Further assistance, help and encouragement was provided by pupils from Selly Oak College Sixth Form and Hallmoor Sixth Form who were participating as the final part of their British Rowing Junior Indoor Rowing Leaders Award.

Report form Maddie Millichap,

British Rowing West Midlands Adaptive Coach