Paralympic Games

Rowing was added to the Paralympic programme in 2005.

The GB Rowing Team won gold medals at Beijing 2008London 2012 and Rio 2016, is now on the road to Tokyo 2020.

The Paralympic Games take place once every four years and it is an elite, multi-sport event for athletes with physical impairments including those with mobility issues, amputations, blindness, and Cerebral Palsy.

Paralympic rowing is open to male and female rowers, and is currently divided into four boat classes which are part of the World Championship programme:

GenderBoat Class
WomenArms and shoulders only single scull (ASW1x)
MenArms and shoulders only single scull (ASM1x)
MixedTrunk and arms mixed double scull (TAmix2x)
Legs, trunk and arms mixed coxed four (LTAmix4+)
Gender:
Women
Boat Class:
Arms and shoulders only single scull (ASW1x)
Gender:
Men
Boat Class:
Arms and shoulders only single scull (ASM1x)
Gender:
Mixed
Boat Class:
Trunk and arms mixed double scull (TAmix2x)
Legs, trunk and arms mixed coxed four (LTAmix4+)

GB Rowing Team medals at Paralympic Games

Paralympic regatta Total
Rio 2016 ASW1x
TAmix2x
LTAmix4+
ASM1x Four
London 2012 LTAmix4 One
Beijing 2008 ASW1x
ASM1x
LTAmix4+ Three
Paralympic regatta:
Rio 2016
:
ASW1x
TAmix2x
LTAmix4+
:
--
:
ASM1x
Total:
Four
Paralympic regatta:
London 2012
:
LTAmix4
:
--
:
--
Total:
One
Paralympic regatta:
Beijing 2008
:
ASW1x
ASM1x
:
--
:
LTAmix4+
Total:
Three

As in all sports, performance at elite level takes dedication and talent to become the best.

Impairments that typically do well at the elite level in rowing are:

  • Visual Impairments (B2/B3).
  • Lower limb amputations (above or below the knee as well as single or double).
  • Incomplete spinal cord injury.
  • Complete spinal cord injury (thoracic region).

Some characteristics that may increase chances of success are:

  • Height, weight and arm span – big numbers!
  • Previous endurance sports background (able bodied or disabled) such as rowing, cycling, swimming.
  • Tradition of sport in the family.
  • Desire, commitment and determination.

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