There are four events in para rowing: men’s single sculls, women’s single sculls, mixed double sculls and mixed coxed four. There are three disability categories in the sport: LTA (for athletes with leg, trunk and arm movements), TA (trunk and arms) and AS (arm and shoulders).
Adaptive rowing is rowing or sculling for rowers with a disability who meet the criteria set out in the adaptive rowing classification regulations. Adaptive implies that the equipment is “adapted” to the user to practice the sport, rather than the sport being “adapted” to the user.
It was introduced into the Paralympic program in 2005 and held its first Paralympic events in Beijing in 2008.
Races are held over 2,000 metres for all four events. Rowing competitions are open to athletes with the following physical disabilities: amputee, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, and others (MS, MD, Polio, and SB). Different types of disabilities can be accommodated within the same rowing crew allowing integration of athletes with different disabilities.
Para-Rowing has been included at the World Rowing Championships since 2002 and Canada won a gold in 2010 in the LTAMix4+ eve
The International Rowing Federation (FISA) is the sole world governing body for rowing at www.worldrowing.com.
Canada’s National Sport Federation is Rowing Canada Aviron at www.rowingcanada.org.