Ones to watch for 2017 for rowing and wheelchair basketball announced

Nine rowers and eight wheelchair basketball players have been named as athletes to look out for in 2017. 19 Jan 2017
Norway's Birgit Skarstein, AS Women's Single Sculls heat, 2015 World Rowing Cup II Varese, Italy

Norway's Birgit Skarstein retained her world title in the women's single sculls

ⒸFISA/Igor Meijer

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced its last Ones to Watch athletes for 2017 on Thursday (19 January) by naming athletes in rowing and wheelchair basketball.

Selected in partnership with World Rowing and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF), the Ones to Watch athletes are individuals who have the potential to make the headlines in rowing and wheelchair basketball during the next Paralympic cycle ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

With one eye on the next Paralympic Games, many of this year’s Ones to Watch are young athletes who will develop between now and Tokyo 2020. Others are Paralympic and world medallists looking to stay at the top of their game.

Around 230 athletes from 22 sports were named Ones to Watch for 2017 in an effort to make it easier for the public and media to understand which athletes to look out for.

The 2017 Ones to Watch for rowing and wheelchair basketball are:



Rachel Morris (Great Britain)

Roman Polianskyi (Ukraine)

Birgit Skarstein (Norway)

Great Britain’s mixed double sculls team

Canada’s mixed coxed four team


Wheelchair basketball

Gregg Warburton (Great Britain)

Hiroaki Kozai (Japan)

Jannik Blair (Australia)

Mariska Beijer (The Netherlands)

Laura Furst (Germany)

Rose Hollermann (USA)

Pablo and Alejandro Zarzuela (Spain)

Thomas Bohme (Germany)