Rowing Opportunities

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 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 please contact us. and learn more on our  DC Team Page.

Join the Athletes Without Limits Miami Beach Rowing Team

Athletes Without Limits is working with the Miami Beach Rowing Club to start up an adaptive program that includes athletes with intellectual disability. If you live in the Florida area and are interested in participating in our learn to row or competitive programs please contact us.

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 International Federation of Rowing Associations (FISA) and Inas.

FISA & Paralympic Rowing (Coxed 4)

In addition to INAS rowing competitions, there are 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.

Rowing Staff

Coach Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson

Rowing Program Director & Head Coach of AWL's DC Rowing Team
Washington D.C.
Esther Lofgren

Esther Lofgren

Olympic Gold Medalist & Volunteer Rowing Coach
Athletes Without Limits is a call to action for anyone who believes in the Olympic Dream…
Reggie Worthington

Reggie Worthington

Team Manager of AWL's DC Rowing Team
Washington DC

Athletes Without Limits Rowers

The rowers below represent the rowers with intellectual impairment on our integrated team. We are working on adding bios for all the rowers including disabled vets, physically disabled, visually imaired and non-disabled teammates.

Ben McGann

Ben McGann

Rowing
Bruce & Mark Worley

Bruce Worley

Rowing, Cross Country (T20)
Maryland
Syd Lea

Charles "Syd" Lea

Cycling, Rowing, Cross Country (T20)
Maryland
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Dianna Yeniscavich

Rowing
Washington D.C.
Jesse Garcia

Jesse Garcia

Rowing
Justin Boatner

Justin Boatner

Rowing
Virginia
Bruce & Mark Worley

Mark Worley

Rowing, Cross Country (T20)
Maryland
Micheal Lautenberger

Michael Lautenberger

Rowing
Maryland
Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert

Swimming, Rowing
Florida
Vinay D'Sousa

Vinay D'Sousa

Rowing
Maryland