Rowers with a disability who want to race either indoor or on the water will need to go through British Rowing’s classification system.
Rowers who want to race either indoor or on the water will need to go through British Rowing’s classification system.
British Rowing adopts the International Rowing Federation (FISA) Para-Rowing system of classification which places rowers into classes according to how much their impairment impacts rowing.
This video from the British Paralympic Association explains the importance of classification to Para sport.
These internationally recognised classes for rowing are:
- PR3-PD (Physical Disability)
- PR3-VI (Visual Impairment)
Rowers who have a disability but do not meet the Para-Rowing eligibility criteria may be eligible for an Adaptive Rowing Classification. These classes are accepted at events that offer Adaptive Rowing Competition
- AR3-PD (Physical Disability)
- AR2-LD (Learning Disability)
A classified Para-rower can race in the corresponding Adaptive Rowing event, but an athlete with an Adaptive Rowing classification cannot race as a British Rowing classified Para-rower.
Applying for Adaptive Classification
If you would like more information around applying for adaptive classification, please see this document.
To register your interest and find out more information about classification please email us here.