2016 Adaptive & Para Recap
2016 was an exciting year for ARC’s Adaptive and Para Rowing Programs. We received a grant for $18,500 from USRowing and Nielsen Foundation for adaptive equipment and to develop the infrastructure to ensure long term success. Our regularly coached adaptive program worked with more than 5 athletes to introduce them to the sport of rowing. Athletes started in a double with a volunteer or another athlete and progressed to rowing a single. From there, several of our athletes chose to compete in 1x or 2x events at the Head of the Hooch regatta, and were joined by other adaptive athletes from Washington DC; Houston, TX; Orlando, FL; and Chicago, IL.
The Atlanta Rowing Club’s Adaptive Program also supported multiple events for over 35 athletes in wheelchairs at the Shepard Center, a hospital that specializes in patients with spinal cord injuries. In addition, Atlanta Rowing Club helped to host the South Korean Paralympic team before their competition at the Paralympics in Rio, Brazil.
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Adaptive & Para Clinics & Classes
In 2017 we started an affiliated partnership with Blaze Sports America. Together, we offer regular Learn to Row clinics and rowing sessions with a coach. Participants are encouraged to read more about the USRowing and international standards for athlete classification based on both medical and technical capabilities. Learn more here.
Learn to Row Clinics
Adaptive Learn to Row clinics provide aspiring rowers the opportunity to learn the sport without a long-term commitment. Athletes wishing to join the Atlanta Rowing Club must first participate in a Learn to Row program or exhibit sufficient knowledge of the sport.
Adaptive & Para Classes
Adaptive & para classes are held twice each week for athletes that have joined the Atlanta Rowing Club (see membership details below). Currently, our classes are held on Sundays from 2P – 4P and Wednesdays from 5:30P – 7:30P.
Adaptive & Para Membership Options
If you are interested in getting involved, the Atlanta Rowing Club is now offering a therapeutic membership and a competitive membership for para/adaptive rowers. Therapeutic memberships cost $50 for the year and include on-the-water support. Competitive adaptive memberships are $50 for the year plus an additional $150 to cover the fees associated with weekly coaching and equipment for training and racing.