Training and Facilities

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TRAININGCrews Training

During the week and on weekends training takes place on Iron Cove. Training camps are also held throughout the year at the Sydney International Regatta Centre(SIRC), Penrith, and on the rivers at Grafton and Taree.

COACHING

Coaching is undertaken by four volunteer coaches all of whom have a long and successful association with the sport of rowing and teaching young people the art and skills of rowing. All have achieved Level 2 or 3 NCAS coach accreditation.

EQUIPMENT

A boat on the deckPara-rowers require additional and different equipment to able bodied rowers to cater for their disability and meet additional safety levels. TA and AS rowers use boats with a fixed seat with balance provided by pontoons attached to the riggers that have been modified to cater for the shorter stroke length. These variations to a regular rowing scull must meet regulations set down by the International Rowing body of FISA. The seat may have a backrest attached to provide support for the rower’s trunk. An experienced LTA rower can physically row the same boat as an able-bodied rower. Initially however, they will require a wider boat with pontoon supports.

FACILITY ACCESS

The Program is operating as part of Balmain Rowing Club located in White St, Balmain. Unfortunately, the access to the rowing shed for a person with a disability is poor. A ramp does lead from White St to the shed but once inside, a steep narrow flight of stairs leads from the top level to the boat and pontoon level. There is no lift or ramp for disabled access. In addition, there are no disabled toilets in the shed and the current toilets are not wide enough to permit wheelchair access.

Cramped Clubhouse