Para rowing was formerly called adaptive rowing, implying that the equipment is adapted to the Para athlete rather than the sport being adapted to the Para athlete. For example, in the adaptive single sculls, seats have higher backs than seats in able-bodied boats and are fixed into position to support the lower and upper back. Gloves are also available to help those Para athletes with limited hand function.

Para rowing was held at the Paralympic Games for the first time at the Beijing 2008. At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 96 Para athletes from 25 countries competed in 4 different medal events.

The sport is divided into four boat classes where boats compete against each other over a 1000m course, with the winner being the first to cross the finish line.

For more information on Para rowing visit the International Rowing Federation.

Para rowing is currently delivered in some regions in New Zealand. Register your interest now and we will help you to find a Para sport for you in your local area!