USRowing and the World Rowing Federation (FISA), alongside the support of the International Paralympic Committee’s development arm the Agitos Foundation, will host an international Para rowing training camp from 4-12 March.
The 2017 Para Rowing International Training Camp and Regatta will take place at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, the site of the 2017 World Rowing Championships.
“I am looking forward to bringing international competition together for the sake of increasing rowing’s scope and creating camaraderie within the sport,” said Tom Darling, USRowing director of Para rowing. “I would like to thank the Agitos Foundation, the USOC [United States Olympic Committee], FISA and our supporters in the boat manufacturing business as well as our suppliers of adaptive equipment. USRowing will be able to showcase the major strides we have made in the US in developing the equipment for athletes with an impairment and share these new design features with other countries.”
National Paralympic Committees from Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Great Britain and the United States have committed to attending the camp.
Activities include daily on-water Para rowing with Paralympic coaching and introductions to hand cycling and triathlon with high-performance experts from USRowing and the USOC. Seminars will be held in physiology, nutrition, biomechanics for rowing, strength conditioning and injury prevention.
Participants will meet and learn from the experiences of US Rio 2016 Paralympians Jacqui Kapinowski, Helman Roman and Krige Schabort (triathlon, six-time Paralympian); and London 2012 bronze medallist Rob Jones.
Additional supporting organisations include USA Triathlon, US Paralympics Cycling, USA Nordic, SANCA at Nathan Benderson Park, Achilles International South Florida, Sarasota Adaptive Rowing Programme, Miami Beach Rowing Club, Swift Racing USA, Resolute Racing Shells, WinTech and Ottobock.
The Agitos Foundation provides support to the membership of the International Paralympic Committee for awareness campaigns, education, training, research and equipment in both summer and winter sports through its Grant Support Programme.
For more information on the 2017 Para Rowing International Training Camp and Regatta, visit USRowing’s website.