Athletes Without Limits helps athletes with intellectual impairment find opportunities to compete in mainstream and adaptive rowing events and manages the eligibility process for athletes looking to compete in USRowing, Virtus and other events. We also support the integrated Washington DC-based AWL/DC Strokes/Freedom Rows Rowing Team. Rowing is one of several sports with emerging opportunities for athletes with intellectual and developmental disability to compete in Regional, National and International events. If you are interested in learning more please contact us.
Meet the Athletes:
- View our US Athlete Masterlist for the eligibility status of US Rowers.
- View our AWL DC Sports Rowing Team Website
AWL DC Rowing Team (DC, Maryland, Virginia)
AWL DC’s integrated Rowing Team partners with USRowing/Freedom Rows, US Paralympic Military & Veterans Programs, DC Strokes and area High Schools to offer both indoor (ergometer) and on-water rowing out of the Anacostia Community Boathouse. If you live in the DC, Maryland or Virginia area and are interested in participating in learn-to-row or competitive programs check out our DC Sports Hub & Website.
Athletes Without Limits and USRowing support 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 and inquire about the club’s adaptive program. 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. For a complete list of USRowing Events which may offer opportunities for para athletes with intellectual impairment visit: www.usrowing.org.
Virtus Rowing with Athletes Without Limits US National Team
Virtus (formerly 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 US National team trips to Virtus rowing events (including the Global Games every four years) based on athlete interest and eligibility. Our most recent trip was the 2019 Global Games in Australia. Competitions are held according to the rules of and officiated by the World Rowing (FISA) and Virtus. Upcoming trips will be posted on our AWL National Calendar.