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Balmain, NSW Australia

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Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Some of our squad come via a friend’s recommendation; others come to rowing knowing of the challenge, joy, calm and wanting to try for themselves what their friends or relatives have been able and continue to experience.

Rachel has had a long connection with rowing, but never had she been in a boat. In her own words:

” For the past six years I have been a keen spectator of my son’s rowing prowess. Those school boys made it look so effortless and they were enjoying themselves too! I wanted to join in!

Reality took hold, I left school 33 years ago and I had suffered a brain anueysm five years ago. During the 15 hour brain operation I suffered a stroke.

After months in rehab, I learnt to walk again.

My brain has rewired and now I’m a proud leftie.

It’s incredible what your body can do when you really want it to perform.”

Rachel faces enormous challenges in attempting to boat from our pontoon. We have no ramp, no disabled facilities, little space for our equipment and the need to modify an erg each time our PR2 and PR1 athletes come to training which is cumbersome, time consuming and frustrating for the athlete while they wait for us to set up the erg. Thank goodness for RESOLUTE

Rachel’s first erg

Adaptive  http://highperformanceadaptive.com and  as their specially tooled Resolute seat allows each of our PR1 and PR2 athletes to row, erg and take part without skin breaks, pressure sores nor does it hamper them when at the catch or finish.

Rachel is indomitable, nothing beats her. Smiling and with a wicked sense of humour she staggers down the steep steps; with a hand and shoulder to lean on,  carefully positions herself in to our PR1 boat and becomes entranced by the calm and serene waters.

Our aim : to race Rachel in a rigged up and balanced double  PR1 boat.

McGyver lives on in our program !

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