The following events are offered at the 2012 London Paralympic Games:
The top eight ranked boats in the men’s and women’s single and double sculls and the mixed coxed four (ASM1x, ASW1x, TAMix2x and LTAMix4+) will qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games at the 2011 regatta. If the mixed coxed four for the intellectually disabled (IDMix4+) is included in the Paralympic regatta, the top five boats in this boat class will also qualify. This would be a total of 84 athletes. The final Paralympic Qualification Regatta will take place from 4 to 6 May 2012 in Belgrade, Serbia. The top two boats from the men’s and women’s single and double sculls and the coxed four (ASM1x, ASW1x, TAMix2x and LTAMix4+) will qualify directly, and, if confirmed, the top three boats in the mixed ID coxed four (MIXID4+) would also qualify. In addition, there are a limited number of places available which will be allocated by the Bipartite Commission following set criteria spelled out in the London 2012 Paralympic Games Qualification Guide. The allocation of athletes does not include coxswains as they are considered outside of the quota for rowers with a disability. The coxswains in the mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+) and the mixed ID coxed four (LTAIDMix4+), can be either male or female and there will be one coxswain per qualified coxed four. To be eligible as an adaptive rower for selection by his or her country’s NPC, an athlete must have a FISA international classification. He or she must have competed in at least one official FISA competition between 1 January 2010 and 30 April 2012 and must also be internationally classified with either a ‘review’ or ‘confirmed’ sport class status.
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Rowing in the UK
British Rowing is the governing body for rowing. Rowing in Scotland and Wales is governed and organized nationally by Scottish Rowing and Welsh Rowing, but when representing Great Britain’s interest to the international rowing federation, FISA, British Rowing is the umbrella organization. Today, 55,000 people in the UK participate in rowing at least once a week. More than 300 British Rowing events and activities take place each year. There are over 520 British Rowing clubs in the UK catering for all ages and abilities at the same time as offering many different types of rowing.
About Dorney Lake
Dorney Lake is a modern world-class rowing and flat-water canoeing centre set in a 450-acre parkland near Windsor. It is the venue for the Rowing and Kayak events in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. Dorney Lake was conceived as an idea by Eton College rowing teachers in the 1960's. They thought that a still-water rowing course would offer greater safety than the River Thames, with its fast currents, varying widths and increasing traffic. Over 40 years later their dream came true. Planning took place over several years between the 1980's and 1990's and construction started in 1996. The lake was finished in 2006. The Lake is 2,200 metres long and has eight lanes each 13.5 meters wide. Dorney Lake has hosted the Rowing World Cup 2005, the Coupe de la Jeunesse 2005 and the World Rowing Championships 2006. It will also host the Junior World Championships in 2011.
FISA Paralympic Events Bulletin
Template for NPC confirmation of usage of qualification places obtained in the 2011 World Championships and Final Qualification Regatta
London 2012 Bipartite Commission Invitation application form
Paralympic Charter Rule 51: Guidelines regarding authorised identifications - Rowing