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/Veteran Leaders 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.
- 2020-2021 AWL DC Rowing Winter Fitness (Washington DC Area)
- 2021 RowersChoice Global Challenge Para Regatta (Virtual)
- 2023 Virtus Global Games France (US National Team)
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. Athletes must meet Virtus International-level eligibility requirements. Our most recent trip was the 2019 Global Games in Australia. Upcoming trips will be posted on our AWL National Calendar.
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 program at their local rowing club and inquire about the club’s adaptive program. As athletes progress National level eligibility through AWL should be pursued for competition. Please contact us if you have any questions about rowing for athletes with intellectual impairment.
AWL DC Rowing (DC, Maryland, Virginia)
AWL DC’s integrated Rowing Team partners with DC Strokes Rowing Club, USRowing Freedom Rows, US Paralympic Military & Veterans Programs and area High School Crews and Crossfit Adaptation 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 the AWL DC Website.