|Adaptive rowing is rowing or sculling for people with
physical or intellectual disabilities/limitations. Welsh Rowing is proud
to be taking the lead towards fully integrated sport in Wales. Our
commitment is shown by the recent appointment of an Adaptive Rowing
Coach and our on-going working relationship with Federation of
Disability Sport Wales (FDSW) and the Great Britain Adaptive rowing
Many different types of disabilities can be accommodated within the
same boat, allowing for integration among disabilities and, in due
course, integration into regular programs within our clubs. As can be
seen through this page athletes can progress from Clubs to our
performance development squad and then possibly to the international
pathway with the ultimate aim of rowing for Great Britain in the
The basic techniques of adaptive rowing are the same as rowing for
the able bodied, and rowing provides a non-contact, low-impact team
environment. So whether you are interested in competitive opportunities,
or just for general fitness and recreation, why not give rowing a go?
no previous experience necessary!!
- Adaptive rowing sessions to be held in Cardiff on a Wednesday
evening from September 14th, contact
email@example.com for more details.
- 27th August 2011 New adaptive rower Neil Hughes on BBC Wales
Today talking how sport has helped him since serving in the Welsh
Guards, will also be on ITV Wales Tonight on 29th.
- 14th August 2011 Monmouth RC hosted an adaptive taster day.
Four people with a visual impairment came and gave rowing a try.
A big step forward towards inclusion within the club.
"Welsh Rowing supports the right of people with disabilities to
be involved in all aspects of the sport, including full and equal active
Welsh Rowing commits to creating an enhanced environment for
current and future participants with a disability to take part, coach,
officiate and administer Rowing in Wales.
Dan Grant Adaptive Rowing Coach, Welsh Rowing writes:
As adaptive rowing coach for Wales my main responsibility lies with
the coaching the performance development athletes with an aim for the
athletes to get into the GB squad and hopefully compete at Paralympic
competitions. Within this I usually coach one-on-one on the river Taff
between Cardiff Bay and Bute Park. When Im not coaching on the river
Im coaching indoor conditioning sessions across a variety of activities
to build better all round athletes.
One of the athletes that I coach is 19 year old Tyler Hallett:
I was identified for rowing through Disability Sport Wales, and
have really enjoyed the change into rowing from my previous sports. Each
session poses challenges that I relish, and enjoy the competitive nature
of training. I hope that through my training both indoors and on the
water in the fresh air I can one day compete in the Paralympics.
'James Roberts with his mum in Beijing 2008'
|James Roberts, a member of one of our adaptive rowing partnership
clubs City of Swansea, represented GB at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
James swam for GB's development squad in 2004 and 2005 then switched
his allegiance to rowing with the help and foresight of FDSW (Federation
for Disability Sport Wales).
In an interview with the BBC Website prior to The Games he said:
"I'm overjoyed at being selected. Winning a medal is one of my
personal aspirations. My other goal is to make the Paralympic A final."
James with his partner Karen Cromie from Northern Ireland achieved
5th in the Final as reported by British Rowing on their website in
The mixed adaptive double scull of Karen Cromie and James Roberts
finished fifth, a significant improvement on their placing of eighth at
last year's world championships in Munich.
Read the whole article
|We have a very simple and direct Athlete
Pathway within Welsh Rowing.
Potential Athletes are identified through one of three ways:-
- Our schools' programme which runs in conjunction with the 5 x 60
- Through our Partnership clubs more details below
- Through our Talent ID Programme centred in Cardiff but testing
in all regions in Wales.
Once Identified World Class potential candidates can be invited to
train with the Welsh Performance Development Squad based in Cardiff and
fall under the direction of the Welsh National Coach and the Welsh
Athletes attaining the necessary performance levels, as with all our
able and adaptive Athletes can be invited to test or Trial for GB squad
For further information please contact our adaptive coach via
|Away from performance rowing we are involved in assisting local
rowing clubs set up inclusive systems within their clubs. Working
closely with the clubs and Disability Sport Wales we are aiming for each
club to be able to accommodate for all potential members that may wish
to join and row in a fun and safe environment.
Currently we have a club in each of the southern welsh regions
working toward this goal you can find out where they are by following
the link to Club Contact details. The clubs are identified with