Australia’s para-rowers will begin the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games rowing campaign in just three days’ time when racing begins 9 September on Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.
The Australian Paralympic Team features three para-rowing crews, the Arms and Shoulders Men’s Single Sculls (ASM1x), the Trunk and Arms Mixed Double Sculls (TAMix2x) and the Legs, Trunk and Arms Mixed Coxed Four (LTAMix4+).
Three-time World Champion, Erik Horrie, will compete in the ASM1x, at what will be his second Paralympic Games. Fellow three-time World Champions, Gavin Bellis and Kathryn Ross will compete in the TAMix2x, with this being Bellis’ second Games and Ross’ third.
Both Ross and Horrie have silver Paralympic medals to their name already, Ross’ from the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in the TA Mixed Double Sculls, while Horrie’s came at the 2012 Paralympic Games where he finished second in the AS Men’s Single Sculls.
Horrie, Bellis and Ross trained at their home bases (Sydney and Canberra respectively) before they departed for a 10-day camp at the AIS European Training Centre prior to travelling into Rio de Janeiro earlier this week.
The 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, which officially begin on 7 September 2016, will see Australia have an LTA Mixed Coxed Four for the first time in the country’s history. The crew, which qualified their boat at the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta in May this year, after winning their final, spent their time preparing in Canberra at the Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre.
The crew is made up of five Paralympic debutants, Davina Lefroy, Brock Ingam, Jeremy McGrath, Kate Murdoch and coxswain Jo Burnand. The crew departed Canberra at the end of last week and have joined their team-mates in Rio in what will no doubt be an exciting regatta.
The draw for the regatta is due to take place on 8 September, with 12 entries in each of Australia’s boat classes. You can follow all the action via the following channels:
- Social Media – across Rowing Australia’s social media channels (links below). Don’t forget to use the hashtags #ARTeam and #WeBelieve
- Online – via World Rowing’s website – which will have the online tracker system
- Online News – via RA’s website and also the Australian Paralympic Team’s website
- Via Channel 7’s live stream and Seven Two (although para-rowing coverage is not confirmed)