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The TRRC is delighted to have co-opted Nick Steel onto the council as Adaptive Representative. If you are an athlete interested in getting involved in adaptive rowing or competition or an event organiser looking to include adaptive events please contact Nick Steel:

British Rowing Adaptive Rowing Strategy 

British Rowing is currently developing a new Adaptive Rowing Strategy which will set out plans to support the development of high-quality accessible rowing programmes for people with disabilities and impairments. 

Despite being very accessible, often with no or very limited adaptations to the equipment used or the way in which it is delivered, participation in adaptive rowing programmes is currently low compared to many other sports and only a small number of clubs proactively offer adaptive rowing activity. The funding available to support British Rowing’s adaptive rowing programme development and delivery work has also reduced in recent years. 

An ambitious strategy is therefore needed to understand the current barriers to effective programme delivery and increasing participation and, in turn, establish how best to address them. 

A comprehensive consultation exercise was completed earlier this year to inform the strategy development work. This included extensive stakeholder consultation, led by Paralympian Helene Raynsford, as well a series member, club and coach/ volunteer surveys. A review of the findings is currently underway. British Rowing then plan to share the emerging findings and recommendations with key stakeholders prior to finalising the strategy document.

You can contact the Adaptive Rowing Strategy team at

British Rowing Inclusive Club Guide


A guide focusing on promoting inclusivity in its broadest sense, supporting one of rowing’s key values: being ‘open to all’. The guide aims to:

  • Highlight the benefits of being inclusive 

  • Explain inclusivity and its importance in creating a diverse sport that is open to all

  • Provide practical advice on creating an inclusive club


Love Rowing


Love Rowing is British Rowing’s new Charitable Foundation.

Its mission is to create accessible and inclusive rowing programmes for communities that are currently under-represented in the sport. It aims to change lives, working together with its partners, through the unique benefits and transformative impact of rowing. 

Love Rowing School Programme – Supporting existing school and community rowing clubs to work with new schools and drive inclusion of currently under-represented and disadvantaged communities.

Love Rowing Adaptive Programme – Supporting the development and delivery of high quality and accessible rowing programmes for people with disabilities and impairments.

Love Rowing Community Programme – Delivering inclusive indoor rowing activity in new community settings, in partnership with trusted local partners and establishing pathway opportunities through local rowing clubs.

For further information, or to get involved:

Adaptive Rowing Resources

Introduction to Adaptive and Para-Rowing

Includes details on classification, equipment, GB para-rowing, and a capsize drill video.

Learn More

Adaptive Rowing Resources

Compiled by Marlow Rowing Club Adaptive Coach Bruce Lynn, and includes Adaptation, Clubs, Coaching, Equipment, Events, People, Support and Training.

Learn More

Go Row Indoor workout #7

The fully adaptive workout: Clare Holman and three 2018 Invictus Games athletes demonstrate a 20-minute workout that will not only push your endurance and fitness but also demonstrates just how accessible the rowing machine is for everyone.

Watch Now

Coaching Education – Level 1 Para-rowing

FISA has developed a coaching framework following the guidelines of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). This framework consists of 4 levels covering basics up to modules for a Head Coach.

Learn More

Adaptive Rowing in the Thames Region

The following Thames Region clubs have active Adaptive Rowing programmes.


If your local club currently does not offer Adaptive rowing, we recommend you contact them, as they may only be awaiting athletes to start.


City of Oxford




London Youth Rowing






Thames Region events typical running Adaptive rowing racing include:


Phyllis Court (Henley) Invitational

Junior Sculling Regatta


Marlow Spring Regatta


Marlow Town Regatta

Women’s Henley


Sudbury Regatta

Maidenhead Regatta

City of Oxford Regatta


Marlow Long Distance Sculls

Please contact for any errors or omissions.

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