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 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
Funding for Equipment
Funding for Boston 2019
Funding for Facilities

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Balmain Para-Rowing Athletes at the AIRC
Balmain Para-Rowing Athletes at the AIRC
October 28, 2018
A dozen Athletes from the Balmain Para Rowing Program travelled to Macquarie University on Sunday 28 October 2018 to compete at the 2018 Australian Indoor Rowing Championships - by the ...
Christening and Training 2018
Christening and Training 2018
October 15, 2018
Wow - could we really fit anything more into one weekend?  Last weekend the Para Program raced 9 crews at the Spring Regatta, 'springing' into action with 24 premiership points at the ...
Ruby Sutherland – Variety Heart Scholar
Ruby Sutherland – Variety Heart Scholar
September 25, 2018
Congratulations to Ruby Sutherland who has been selected as a Variety Heart Scholar for 2018! At 90 years old, Variety has been assisting thousands of children who live with disadvantage...
Congratulations Jack – our Emerging Athlete!
Congratulations Jack – our Emerging Athlete!
September 21, 2018
Jack training on the Lane Cove River Congratulations to Jack Calderan for being selected as an Emerging Athlete by the prestigious University of Technology, Sydney.  As an emerging athle
World Championships Wrap-Up – Congratulations Aussies!
World Championships Wrap-Up – Congratulations Aussies!
September 19, 2018
The 2018 Rowing World Championships were held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria between 9 and 16 September 2018, and this year saw the Balmain Para-Rowing Program's James Talbot compete in an historic t...
Wednesday Wonder – Glen Farrawell
Wednesday Wonder – Glen Farrawell
July 4, 2018
Celebrating An Amazing 40 Years of Service, Integrity, Courage and Mateship. I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to ste...

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Meet our Rowers

Monday Meet-The-Rower
Monday Meet The Rower – Stephen Lawler
Monday Meet The Rower : James Talbot
Rachel Johnson
Simone Cottom
Sam Shalhoub – Rower On The Rise
Monday Meet The Rower – Alex Smiles
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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