Paralympic Games Paralympic Games Rowing was added to the Paralympic programme in 2005. The GB Rowing Team has won gold medals at every Paralympic Games since then Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. The Paralympic Games take place once every four years and are 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 (whose names have changed over the years), which are also part of the World Championship programme: GenderBoat ClassWomenArms and shoulders only single scull (PR1 W1x)MenArms and shoulders only single scull (PR1 M1x)MixedTrunk and arms mixed double scull (PR2 Mix2x)Legs, trunk and arms mixed coxed four (PR3 Mix4+)Gender: Women Boat Class: Arms and shoulders only single scull (PR1 W1x) Gender: Men Boat Class: Arms and shoulders only single scull (PR1 M1x) Gender: Mixed Boat Class: Trunk and arms mixed double scull (PR2 Mix2x)Legs, trunk and arms mixed coxed four (PR3 Mix4+) GB Rowing Team medals at Paralympic Games Paralympic regatta Gold Silver Bronze Total Tokyo 2020 PR2 Mix 2x PR3 Mix 4+ 2 Rio 2016 ASW1xTAmix2xLTAmix4+ ASM1x 4 London 2012 LTAmix4 1 Beijing 2008 ASW1x ASM1x LTAmix4+ 3 Paralympic regatta: Tokyo 2020 Gold: PR2 Mix 2x PR3 Mix 4+ Silver: -- Bronze: -- Total: 2 Paralympic regatta: Rio 2016 Gold: ASW1xTAmix2xLTAmix4+ Silver: -- Bronze: ASM1x Total: 4 Paralympic regatta: London 2012 Gold: LTAmix4 Silver: -- Bronze: -- Total: 1 Paralympic regatta: Beijing 2008 Gold: ASW1x ASM1x Silver: -- Bronze: LTAmix4+ Total: 3 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.