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Oar Inspired rolls out ground breaking technology in collaboration with AIS and Rowing Australia

Australian rowers are set to benefit from a new collaboration between the Australian Institute of Sport, Rowing Australia and Brisbane-based company Oar Inspired, which will underpin the rollout of Oar Inspired’s ground breaking new performance data measurement technology.

The collaboration project, titled A Next Generation Performance Instrumentation System for Elite Rowers, ensures that Australia’s elite rowing crews, coaching staff and sports scientists will be the first in the world to experience how Oar Inspired’s innovative IntelliGate® oar lock system provides crews, coaches and scientists with the most comprehensive set of measurements on key performance data ever available in rowing.

Oar Inspired’s Founder and Solutions Architect, Des Jacobsen, said the collaboration confirmed the critical role that new technology played in developing sporting excellence.

“After more than 10 years in development, we are about to commence manufacturing our IntelliGates®, RowCom® displays, Hull Sensor and Instrumented Footplates ready for sale to the market, and to have the AIS and Rowing Australia involved in the initial rollout of the system to Australian elite rowers is a great thrill,” Mr Jacobsen said.

“Importantly this technology is not just for elite athletes, it will be affordable and available to rowers of all ages and levels, in clubs and schools across Australia,” he said.

Head of AIS’ Innovation, Research and Development, Mr Joe Winter, said the collaboration with Oar Inspired meant that Australia’s elite rowers would be the first in the world to have access to data about their performance that was more comprehensive than ever previously available in the sport.

“The Oar Inspired technology has the potential to give our athletes, coaches and their support staff “actionable data” that informs not only training load, but measures to optimise technique to get the most out of each stroke” Mr Winter said.

“The AIS is keen to promote Aussie innovation in the quest to take on the world at major sporting events, and Oar Inspired has come up with something that will benefit our elite Australian athletes greatly,” he said.

Rowing Australia’s Performance Science Coordinator, Dr Tony Rice said Rowing Australia was pleased to support the rollout of an innovative Australian designed system to further develop the sport of rowing.

“We are always searching for the extra edge which will ensure excellence in our coaching programs and keep our rowers out in front, so we are looking forward to working with Oar Inspired,” Dr Rice said.

Oar Inspired is a Brisbane based company which has put more than 10 years’ work into designing and developing a set of instrumented electronic components which are rugged and waterproof to withstand the rowing environment. Installed at critical points of the oar gate, foot plate and boat hull, the Oar Inspired sensors measure data about the performance of each oar, each rower and the boat as a whole. This information is delivered wirelessly in real time to the crew, the coxswain and the coach, providing data to inform decisions about technique, training and racing.