International Para-Rowing Training Camp Coming to Sarasota

PRINCETON, NJ — On March 4-12, 2017, the United States, USRowing and the World Rowing Federation (FISA), alongside the support of the Agitos Foundation, will host an international para-rowing training camp. The 2017 Para-Rowing International Training Camp and Regatta will take place at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla., the site of the 2017 World Rowing Championships.

“I am looking forward to bringing international competition together for the sake of increasing rowing’s scope and creating camaraderie within the sport,” said Tom Darling, USRowing director of para-rowing. “I would like to thank the Agitos Foundation, the USOC, FISA and our supporters in the boat manufacturing business as well as our suppliers of adaptive equipment. USRowing will be able to showcase the major strides we have made in the U.S. in developing the equipment for athletes with an impairment and share these new design features with other countries.”

National Paralympic Committees from Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Great Britain and the United States have committed to attending this camp.

Activities include daily on-water para-rowing with Paralympic coaching, introductions to hand cycling and triathlon with high-performance experts from USRowing and the United States Olympic Committee. Seminars will be held in physiology, nutrition, biomechanics for rowing, strength conditioning and injury prevention.

Participants will meet and learn from the experiences of 2016 Paralympians Jacqui Kapinowski (para AS women’s single sculls, 2016), Helman Roman (para mixed double sculls, 2016) and Krige Schabort (triathlon, six-time Paralympian) and London Paralympic bronze medalist Rob Jones (para mixed double sculls, 2012).

Additional supporting organizations include USA Triathlon, US Paralympics Cycling, USA Nordic, SANCA at Nathan Benderson Park, Achilles International South Florida, Sarasota Adaptive Rowing Program, Miami Beach Rowing Club, Swift Racing USA, Resolute Racing Shells, WinTech and Ottobock.

For more information, contact USRowing Director of Para-Rowing Tom Darling, at

About the Agitos Foundation
The Agitos Foundation, which takes its name from the Paralympic Symbol (the Agitos) and comes from the Latin meaning “I move”, was created by the IPC to fulfill its strategic goal in terms of development and education. It acts as a catalyst supporting the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, through the impact of sport and physical activity.

Through developing sports opportunities, the Foundation aims to improve the life experiences of people with an impairment around the world, leaving a long-lasting mark on a more inclusive society.

About USRowing
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 75,000 individual members and 1,350 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners


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