Para rowing is sweep rowing or sculling for people with physical disabilities and limitations, including in part, paraplegia, quadriplegia, blindness, visual impairment, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. This program is not new to the rowing community, as Para rowing has been offered at many clubs around the world for over twenty years.
The basic techniques of para rowing are the same as rowing for the able-bodies. Participants learn the elements of the stroke: drive, recovery, catch angle, oar handling, etc. The general learning curve is comparable to any novice rower and the participants experience the same thrill at discovering the sport.
Dragons Rowing Club members have been instrumental in developing Para Rowing in Queensland. Our Para Rowing Season begins in early September and finishes at the National Championships in March the following year. We link with Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association and Rowing Queensland to support the program.
Adaptive rower Erik Horrie joined Dragons Rowing Club in 2010. Through Dragons dedication and support, coupled with Erik's determination, commitment, and energy, Erik finished fourth in the men's Para Single Final at the Rowing World Cup, Germany, in 2011. Erik is now competing for a place on the Para-Olympic Rowing Team for 2012.
The Para Rowing Program is successful because of the members who volunteer their time and support in coaching and supervision of the rowers. We also welcome volunteers external to the club to assist with the Para Rowing Program. So if you are able bodied and enjoy being on the water, have an interest in rowing or coaching, or simply would like to give back to your community, please let us know. We are always seeking volunteers to assist with Para training on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7am and on Saturday mornings from 7.30am.
We would also like to acknowledge the support of:
- Ted Hale Rowing
- Gaming Community Benefit Fund
- Brisbane City Council
- Rowing Queensland Inc
- Rowing Australia
- Disability Services Queensland
- The Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association of Queensland Inc
- Brisbane State High School, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School, Stuartholme College, Everton Park State High School and Aspley Special School
To find out more about our Para Program, becoming a volunteer, or being a sponsor, please contact our Para Rowing Coordinator.