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
Funding for Equipment
Funding for Boston 2018
Funding for Facilities

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Meet our Rowers

Monday Meet-The-Rower
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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In the Media
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Support our Rowers
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Some Key Stats



Tuesday-Tip: How to tie down a boat
Tuesday-Tip: How to tie down a boat
February 19, 2018
In this video, I show you my preferred way to ensure a strong, secure tie-down, while trying to prevent any damage to the equipment.  Is this how you tie down your equipment? If you have any suggestions please comment below!
University 2 Beyond with Tahli Hind
University 2 Beyond with Tahli Hind
February 12, 2018
This morning, Para-Athlete and member of the Balmain Para-Rowing Program Tahli Hind shared her experiences of attending university as members of the the "University 2 Beyond" program, together with fellow alumni Chris Bunton on Radio National with presenters Amanda Smith and Michael Mackenzie. You can listen to the podcast here!
It’s Friday….so it must be…..Food For Thought Day….
February 9, 2018
  It's always healthy to look within, to cast our eyes and our minds and question  whether our sport is as diverse, reflective of community as it could or should be.  Are we forgoin
Throwback Thursday
Throwback Thursday
February 8, 2018
2013, a dim memory for some but for us the first challenge to show there were many Australian Para-Rowers that could not only take on the world but win the fight. This was our first step......
Monday Meet The Rower – Alex Smiles
Monday Meet The Rower – Alex Smiles
February 5, 2018
ALEX SMILES Alex is classified PR3  [ formerly LTA] which allows him to use his legs, trunk and arms when rowing. He is able to race in any size boat - single, double, pair, quad, four or e
Christmas 2017
Christmas 2017
December 26, 2017
The best way to celebrate the end of a hard year and the worry of whether Santa Claus will drop those dreaded coal bricks or sparkling diamonds down one's chimney is to have a jolly good knees up where all worries are cast aside and drowned in a sea of bubbles and friends.

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