Becoming an elite rower takes years of hard training and it is usually the athletes with longer experience who achieve the best results. The senior World Rowing Championships are held every year and World Champions are crowned in 12 men's boat classes and nine women's boat classes. These include Olympic and International boat classes.
A rower may compete in an under 23 event until 31st December of the year in which he/she reaches the age of 22. Under-23 rowers tend to be rowers who are too old to race as juniors but are still in need of further development before they can rank amongst senior rowers.
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. The sport is practiced by athletes in at least 27 countries from 5 regions and continues to grow.
A junior rower is 18 years old or younger and often first begin to row in school. Competitive junior rowers aim to compete at the World Junior Championships and there is also a strong community of competitive school rowing worldwide.
Being a student and a rower helps shape and influence the lives of young academics. Rowing at university comes at an important stage in life, often a time of exploration, of new experiences and of learning. World Rowing University is a community that brings together student rowers, be they aspiring internationals or novices, to share university rowing experiences from across the globe.
A rower may compete as a Masters rower from the beginning of the year during which he or she turns 27. Masters rowers compete at the World Rowing Masters Regatta. Masters rowing also focuses on the health and fitness benefits of rowing, socializing and forming friendships.
Indoor Rowing has been widely used in rowing training for many years. But recently, indoor rowing has grown from a tool for off-the-water training for the serious rower to a sport in its own right.
Coastal rowers row on the open sea in a boat designed for wavy water. Not only does coastal rowing develop physical well-being, it is also very exhilarating.
Coaches are responsible for training and developing athletes of all ages and abilities. They help to develop rowers’ skills and abilities and boost performance, but they also conduct behind-the-scenes planning to make sure everything runs smoothly. Coaches are men and women who volunteer their time or work part-time or full-time as professionals.
The development of the sport of rowing in all its forms is one of the main goals of FISA, the World Rowing Federation. Development includes increasing the number of rowing countries and improving the overall level of rowing world-wide. The FISA Development Programme works to expose more people world-wide to rowing and provide pathways for the development of athletes, coaches and officials.