Balmain Para Rowing Program

Balmain Para-Rowing Program is a program specifically set up to provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in the sport of rowing and become involved in the rowing community. The program provides support to para rowers from Balmain Rowing Club, and has provided invaluable assistance to para rowers over the past 10 years at all levels of the sport, from learn to row to Paralympic representation.

Our Targets

To encourage new athletes of all levels of experience and disability to enjoy the sport of rowing, building friendships while keeping healthy To purchase a para double scull and a quad scull adapted for para-rowers


  • To be Australia’s pre-eminent para-rowing program, including both for elite representation and recreational rowers
  • To pioneer ‘inclusive’ rowing whereby para-rowers integrate with able-bodied squads wherever their relative function and ability allows
  • By 2020, have 80 para rowers vying for selection for the Paralympics
  • To have an indigenous 8 crew competing in the NSW State Championship Regatta
  • To have a community youth squad of 20 rowers


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Meet our Rowers

Monday Meet-The-Rower
Monday Meet-The-Rower : STEPHANIE WALKER
Monday Meet the Rowers
Monday Meet-the-rower: Ruby Sutherland
Monday Meet-the-rower: Jeremy McGrath
Tuesday Meet-the-Rower: Matilda Slater-Phillips
Monday Meet-the-Rower: Caitlin Lisle
Monday Meet-the-Rower: Zarni Tun
Monday Meet-the-Rower: Kevin Wall

Our Story

About Us
Balmain Para-Rowing Program is a program specifically set up to provide opportunities for persons wi
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THE BEGINNING The program had its origins from 2007 when a young man who had lost both legs due to ...
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Training and Facilities
TRAINING During the week and on weekends training takes place on Iron Cove. Training camps are also...
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The Program provides encouragement for experienced para-rowers to take their rowing to higher leve...
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In the Media
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Some Key Stats



Back To Balmain Day
October 29, 2017
Back to Balmain is an annual celebration of the local community with music, a sausage sizzle, local history and memorabilia. Back To Balmain is held on the last weekend of October and this y...
2017 GRAFTON ROWING CAMP – For Some, an Exercise in Fear…
September 26, 2017
"I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your...
Balmain Para Rowing does it again – Rowing Australia’s Train For Tokyo
Balmain Para Rowing does it again – Rowing Australia’s Train For Tokyo
August 17, 2017
Congratulations James Talbot, selected for the Train For Tokyo week camp and Rowing Australia 8+ for the Head of the Yarra. The first step on the road to Tokyo, the first Balmain Para ath...
Our Waltzing Matilda!
Our Waltzing Matilda!
August 4, 2017
Sorry you have not heard from us over the last fortnight, but no, we didn't forget to post over the last two weeks, we were waiting for the finals at the World DragonBoat Championships some could share the results. Why? Our last featured member, Matilda, was competing!
On Disability and Inclusion in Sport
On Disability and Inclusion in Sport
June 22, 2017
Senator Hanson's much publicized comments regarding children with disabilities at schools revealed an unhealthy, but unfortunately not uncommon level of ignorance as to the mutual benefits of a policy of inclusion.  As to the benefits of such a policy? We should know - it's what we do.
End of Season Wrap-Up
End of Season Wrap-Up
June 20, 2017
As the Season has now ended and prizes distributed it's time to stop and take stock of the season past, time to reflect on the wins, losses and joys we've experienced and time to say thank you to some very special people we need to acknowledge as without them we do not prosper nor continue.

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