Angel Fournier Rodriguez, Men's Single Sculls, Cuba, Heats, 2019 World Rowing Cup II, Poznan, Poland


The World Rowing Development Programme follows Goal II of the World Rowing Strategic Plan.

World Rowing Development Objectives are:

  1. Participation – Increase the participation of member federations (MFs) in leading events by encouraging and assisting participation in regional, continental and world competitions, while assisting them to promote gender equal national development pathways, through sustainable development and competition structures.
  2. Integration – Integrate and expand all forms of rowing by creating specific strategies targeted at Para, Indoor, Coastal and Masters rowing, including educational resources such as manuals and guides to facilitate the staging of all the above events.
  3. Opportunities – Increase the number of rowing opportunities through clubs, schools, universities and other entities by creating specific projects to assist MFs to create rowing development pathways from youth to elite, such as: educational resources for coaches and leaders; support event organisation and exploit opportunities to develop university rowing in collaboration with FISU; foster shared commitment strategies together with national/international stakeholders to provide equipment (boats, ergometers) to developing MFs.
  4. Quality – Improve the quality of rowing and coaching worldwide by imparting knowledge through educational strategies and training camps for rowers and coaches from developing countries. Improve coach education through different level coaching courses and providing development material. Create awareness on the IOC Olympic Solidarity Programme, and create links to further assist National/Continental Federations in their own Development projects and athletes-coaches’ scholarships.
  5. Universality – Increase the number of countries having rowing and ensure their ongoing sustainable growth. Identify the countries not having rowing and engage in a strategy to target countries on a priority basis for a phased approach, considering each country’s style of rowing best suited to the natural local conditions, fostering links the NOC, Sports Ministry and IOC Olympic Solidarity, through well prepared experts assisting with technical and administrative guidance.

The Development Department is composed of administrators and project managers along with highly knowledgeable rowing experts able to plan and promote rowing development worldwide.

Please consult the WR Development and Education Organisational Chart

Please consult the WR Development Programme Guide for further information. 

How To Express Interest & Apply?

World Rowing works with a variety of partners to bring development projects to different nations and regions.

To apply or to request more information please contact World Rowing Head of Development, Daniela Gomes: