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RA Illicit Drugs in Sport Policy

Rowing Australia (RA) is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our athletes and participants, along with our integrity and the interests of rowing generally. We are acutely aware of the challenges caused by the use of illicit drugs in the community and we want to ensure the ongoing protection of our members by reinforcing our position on any illicit drug use within the sport.

In conjunction with the Athletes Commission, we have updated our position on illicit drugs to include an Illicit Drugs Policy for out of competition use, which is designed to reduce drug-related harm to athletes, participants, their families and the broader rowing community. This Policy aims to deter the use of illicit drugs through education, and allows for the conduct of random and targeted testing.

Rowing Australia has adopted and implemented an Anti Doping Policy and rules which conform to the World Anti-Doping Code. The World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List includes illicit drugs which are prohibited in competition. This Illicit Drugs in Sport Policy differs from the Rowing Australia anti-doping policy in that it addresses the out-of-competition use of illicit drugs, concentrating primarily on education, awareness and prevention initiatives.

pdfRA Illicit Drugs in Sport Policy

Useful information can also be garnered from the below websites:

Good Sports

Australian drug information network

National Drugs Campaign


Mental health resource for young people