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48 men and 48 women will take to the water at picturesque Eton Dorney Lake this summer as rowing makes its second appearance on the Paralympic programme.

 
 

What is Paralympic Rowing?

 

Paralympic Rowing features two mixed-gender events (the Coxed Four and Double Skulls) plus the men's and women's Single Skulls. In Paralympic Rowing, rather than the sport being adapted to the athlete, the equipment is adapted so the athlete can do his or her best to practice the sport as it would be done normally. All races are held over 1,000m; the Single Skulls events are arms only, where the athlete is strapped into a fixed seat which only allows shoulder and arm movements; the Coxed Four allows the use of at least one leg, trunk and arms, and also allows for those with visual and intellectual impairments; the Double Skulls allows use of trunks and arms in a boat with a fixed seat.

 
 
 

Who won Paralympic Rowing gold in Beijing in 2008?

 

There were only four events on the water in Beijing, with Great Britain picking up two of them to top the medal table. The individual results were:

Men's single sculls: Tom Aggar (Great Britain)
Women's single sculls: Helene Raynsford (Great Britain)
Mixed double sculls: Zhou Yangjing, Shan Zilong (China)
Mixed coxed four: Paola Protopapa, Luca Agoletto, Daniele Signore, Graziana Saccocci (Italy)

 
 
 

Do ParalympicsGB have a chance of winning any Rowing medals?

 

Beijing gold medallist Tom Aggar has gone from strength to strength since his Paralympic success in the men's single scull, and the reigning World and Paralympic Champion is still undefeated in international competition. There have been changes to the mixed coxed four, bronze medallists in Beijing four years ago, with Pam Relph, James Doe and Dave Smith joining Beijing survivor Naomi Riches. Also new to the team are Sam Scowen and Nick Beighton, who were identified through a Paralympic Potential Day organised by ParalympicsGB. Army captain Nick Beighton survived near death in Afghanistan in 2009 to become a novice rower in 2010 and now aims to triumph in the 1km mixed doubles scull at London 2012. With two reigning World Champion crews going into the Games Britain are strong on the water and, much like in the Olympics, they will be the team to beat in front of their home crowds at Eton Dorney.

 
 
 

Where will the Paralympic Rowing take place?

 

Paralympic Rowing - the newest arrival on the Paralympic programme - returns at London 2012 with four medal events held on the spectacular Eton Dorney lake in Buckinghamshire, which is roughly 25 miles west of London. To get a better understanding of where all the Paralympic events will be held, check out our map of London Paralympics Venues.

 
 
 

When is the Paralympic Rowing?

 

The Paralympic Rowing will commence on Friday 31st August and run until Sunday 2nd September, with a Reserve Day on Monday 3rd September. See our Paralympics Day-by-Day Guide for full details of rowing and all Paralympics events.

 
 
 

How do I get to the Paralympic rowing at Eton Dorney?

 

The Eton Dorney rowing lake is located 25 miles to the west of London and is a short 15-45 minute train journey from either Paddington or Waterloo. The recommended station is Slough, although Maidenhead and Windsor & Eton Riverside are also within a 15 minute drive. There are also numerous cycle routes surrounding the venue.

 
 
 

How do I get tickets for Paralympic Rowing?

 

Tickets can be purchased from www.tickets.london2012.com. More than 2.1 million of the 2.5 million available tickets have already been sold - organisers are claiming this could be the first Paralympics to sell out in the 52 year history of the Games. Twitter users could start following @2012TicketAlert, an unofficial feed set up during the Olympics which runs a check on the official site every three minutes and tweets every time a ticket becomes available.

 
 
 

What are the disability divisions for Paralympic rowing?

 

Coxed Four rowers must be able to use a sliding seat in order to propel the boat. A maximum of two rowers with visual impairment are allowed per crew and of these two rowers only one may be classified as a B3. The other rowers in the crew have physical impairments and there must be rowers of each sex in the crew. In the Double Scull, rowers who are not able to use a sliding seat, who have functional use of the trunk but who have weakened function or mobility of their lower limbs will compete. Single Scull rowers will have no or minimal trunk function and are reliant on their arms and shoulders to propel the boat.

 
 
 

When did rowing first appear at the Paralympics?

 

Rowing is the newest sport at the Paralympics, making its debut in Beijing in 2008. Great Britain won two of the four events making them the most successful competing nation in the brief history of Paralympic Rowing.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

31st July 2014

 

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