Athletes Without Limits offers athletes with intellectual impairment the opportunity to compete in mainstream national and international rowing events.
Rowing is one of a handful of sports with emerging opportunities for athletes with intellectual disability to compete at a high level at Local, Regional, National and International events. If you are interested please contact us. For a complete list of USRowing Events, which may offer opportunities for the newly recognized “ID” class visit: www.usrowing.org.
Join the Athletes Without Limits DC Rowing Team (DC, Maryland, Virginia)
Athletes Without Limits partnered with DC Strokes, the US Paralympic Military Program and USRowing’s America Rows program to start an Athletes Without Limits Integrated Rowing Team. If you live in the DC, Maryland or Virginia area and are interested in participating in our learn to row or competitive programs check out our DC Sports Website.
INAS Rowing with Athletes Without Limits
(Inas) introduced indoor rowing (on ergometers) as a demonstration sport at the 2009 Global Games where US swimmer Gail Morning ranked in the top 12 on the 1,000m ergometer challenge. Since then the sport has grown to include on water racing. Athletes Without Limits organizes trips to Inas rowing events based on interest. Athletes must apply for Inas Eligibility. Competitions are held according to the rules of and officiated by the World Rowing (FISA) and Inas.
World Rowing (FISA) & Paralympic Rowing (Coxed 4)
In addition to INAS rowing competitions, there are World Rowing (FISA) sanctioned rowing events (on water) that are open to INAS-registered athletes. The International Federation of Rowing Associations (FISA) promotes the inclusion of athletes with intellectual disabilities into mainstream rowing world championships by including an adaptive rowing classification for a mixed coxed four for athletes with intellectual disability (LTAIDMix4+) racing 1,000 meters. Read more about adaptive rowing at FISA’s website.
Other Rowing Opportunities throughout the US
Athletes Without Limits supports the identification and development of US rowers with intellectual disability in mainstream rowing. The USRowing website provides a list of rowing clubs by area. Interested athletes should register for a learn to row (sweep boats) program at their local rowing club. The website also contains information on how to qualify for the US National Teams. Please contact us if you know of or need help finding opportunities for rowers with intellectual disability to train and compete.