From a rural Chinese farming background to a three-time Olympian, Dongxiang Xu's story of how she came into rowing is one to remember.
What could be a better way to start off the final month of 2013 than a look back at the 2013 season of the men's single sculls?
The FISA Council has finalised a proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the 2016 Olympic Qualification System.
If there is a rower of the moment then it must be Kim Crow. She is World Rowing's Female Rower of the Year. She is the Australia Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year. She is the 2013 World Champion in the women's single sculls.
It may feel like the London Olympics were just yesterday, but it is now less than 1000 days until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Brazil's city of Rio de Janeiro is the centre of activity as they gear up for the Games.
The post-Olympic year is often one of rebuilding and regrouping for countries, but for one small rowing nation this rebuilding has turned into significant change.
To pick the best men's four often demands a complex schedule of seat racing and a big enough squad to get it right. Sometimes the four is sacrificed for the better of an eight or pair. Sometimes they become the flagship crew of the men's sweep squad.
Take an injured rower aspiring to get back onto the national team. Then add a media producer. They knew each other through their rowing club, Mercantile in Melbourne, Australia and together they have created the video journey 'Unsinkable'.
FISA will soon need to determine the 2016 Olympic qualification system for rowing for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In a year when boats for two rowers made their mark the men's double sculls proved captivating when Norway flexed their Viking muscle.
The sport of Rowing has been included on the International Olympic Committee Executive Board’s list of 25 sports that will be proposed to...