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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.

Head of the Charles CrewThe Program provides them with tuition and training to develop the skills necessary to row and enjoy the sport recreationally and/or competitively developing a pathway to achieving excellence in rowing.

As a sport, rowing requires dedication, resilience, the ability to work (or learn to work) as a team and assists in developing self-confidence. The health and social benefits of the sport are immense as the para-rowers overcome their daily challenges, giving a new direction and purpose to their lives and inspiring those around them with their courage and determination.

“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 has operated as part of the Balmain Rowing Club for nine years, and caters for athletes with a range of physical disabilities The Program has been highly successful locally and internationally. Jeremy McGrath, who rowed in LTA Mix4+ crew at the 2016 Paralympics, had joined the Program in 2013. We currently are receiving 2 to 3 enquiries and new rowers each month.

5 YEAR PLAN

  • 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