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2016 World Rowing Coaches Conference - Ben Sporer
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Coaches in the Spotlight - Jurgen Grobler (GBR), Jutta Lau (CHN & GER), Nikola Bralic (CRO)

Boat classes

Scull Boats

AS Single Sculls

AS Single Sculls 1 Rower

Average length: 8.2 m (27 ft)
Minimum weight: 24 kg (52.9 lbs)
Paralympic Events: ASW1x, ASM1x
WCH Events: ASW1x, ASM1x
TA Mixed Double Sculls

TA Mixed Double Sculls 2 Rowers

Average length: 10.4 m (34 ft)
Minimum weight: 37 kg (81.6 lbs)
Paralympic Events: TAMix2x
WCH Events: TAMix2x
LTA Mixed Double Sculls

LTA Mixed Double Sculls 2 Rowers

Average length: 10.4 m (34 ft)
Minimum weight: 27 kg (59 lbs)
WCH Events: LTAMix2x

Sweep Boats

LTA Mixed Coxed Four

LTA Mixed Coxed Four 2 Rowers

Average length: 13.7 m (45 ft)
Minimum weight: 51 kg (110 lbs)
Paralympic Events: LTAMix4+
WCH Events: LTAMix4+

What is Para-Rowing

Para-Rowing is rowing or sculling open to both male and female rowers with a disability who meet the criteria set out in the Para-rowing Classification Regulations and Bye-Laws. Para-rowing was formerly called adaptive rowing and was first raced at the 2002 World Rowing Championships in Seville.

It was introduced into the Paralympic programme in 2005 and at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games it was held for the first time. The London 2012 Paralympic Games had 23 countries competing in Para-rowing for 12 medals in four boat classes. There was a total of 48 boats and 96 rowers. The medals were spread among nine countries.

Para-rowing is uniquely integrated with the World Rowing Federation, FISA, and para-rowers participate alongside able-bodied athletes at some of the World Rowing Cups and the World Rowing Championships each year.  With a new event added in 2013, para-rowing is currently divided into five boat classes: LTAMix4+ (LTA mixed coxed four), LTAMix2X (LTA mixed double sculls), TAMix2x (TA mixed double sculls), ASW1x (AS women's single sculls), and ASM1x (AS men's single sculls). The LTA and TA are mixed gender boats. Races are held over 1000 metres for all five events.

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Para-Rowing Classification Documents and Information

2016 Rio Paralympic Games Information

Document 2016 Rio Paralympic Qualification Document 15 June 2015

Master Classification List

Document Master Classification List UPDATED 22 June 2016

Para-Rowing International Classifiers List

Document 2014 International Classifiers List UPDATED 01.07.2014

Para-Rowing Classification Paperwork

Document 2014 Para-rowing classification paperwork

2014 Classifiers Manual

Document 2014 Para-rowing classifiers manual

Para-Rowing Event Regulations and/or Departures from the FISA Rules of Racing

Document Appendix 13 Event Regulatoins and/or Departures from FISA Rules of Racing

Para-Rowing Classification Regulations

VI medical form

Document FISA Medical Diagnostics Form 2017

Document Ineligibility of RUS Para-Rower Natalia Bolshakova and coach Valery Bisarnov for two years

Coaching and Technical Documents

Document 2013 Chungju World Championships Para-Rowing Equipment Overview

2012 London Paralympics Para-Rowing Equipment Overview

2013 FISA Para-Rowing Equipment List

2012 London Paralympics - Para-rowing rigging measurements

Complete inclusion of adaptive (Para) rowing is only 1000M ahead
by Tomislav Smoljanovic and the FISA Medical Commission. 

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