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RA supports drug-free sport

Rowing Australia is keen to ensure the sport of rowing stays drugs free. Recently it introduced an Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDIS) Policy which includes the provision to test out of competition all athletes who have nominated for the National Team, except for Juniors.

As part of RA’s IDIS Policy it is keen for all athletes to complete the training and education program that is available through the following link:

All National Team athletes are being asked to complete it as part of their drug education.

The IDIS education program is free to access and provides practical tools and strategies to assist athletes, coaches and sports administrators to make appropriate choices when faced with illicit drug issues in their sport.  The education program offers the following courses:

  • IDIS Athlete course: follows the story of four athletes who have it all in front of them and demonstrates the impact of their decisions.
  • IDIS Coaches course: provides the skills and knowledge coaches need to help athletes, set a behavioural standard, monitor it and take remedial action.
  • IDIS Officer course: provides the resources for sports administrators to implement an Illicit Drugs in Sport programme within their sport.
  • IDIS Presenter course: provides the resources required to deliver illicit drugs workshops for sporting organisations.
  • IDIS Athlete Role Model course: provides resources athletes need to deliver an IDIS workshop.

The program is designed to integrate into your existing training and education program and can be accessed through  Upon completion of the course, the individual has the opportunity to print out a certificate of completion.

This programme is part of the Australian Government’s Sports Integrity Programme and reinforces the Government’s strong commitment to the protection of sports integrity and to combat illicit drug use in all parts of the community.