FISA Modifies Masters Age Categories for 2018

FISA has added two age categories for masters rowers to the World Rowing competition format, the organization announced on February 20. The change was made to encourage more participation, regardless of age level, and will be in effect at the 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta scheduled for September 27-30 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.

This rule change will not impact USRowing regattas in 2018. USRowing’s masters regional and national championships will follow the age categories published in the 2018 USRowing Rules of Rowing. A rule change to the USRowing age categories will be considered for 2019.

The World Rowing changes are as follows for athletes 80 years or older:

  • Category J: 80-82 years,
  • Category K: 83-85 years,
  • Category L: 86-88 years; and
  • Category M: 89 years and older.

“The 80 years mark a threshold after which the athletes lose power even more quickly or simply are no longer able to race anymore,” said FISA Masters Commission member Sebastian Franke, who is aware of the increase in participation for those 85 years and over, in a World Rowing announcement. “To give these athletes a chance to compete against their own age, rather than like in the past against younger athletes only, was our motivation. It also is intended to encourage club or composite crews from different age groups training and racing together.”

With the age-group change announcement, the 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta has now opened for registration. In 2017, a record 4,700 athletes competed in the masters regatta on Lake Bled in Slovenia.

For more information on the 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta, click here. To register to compete at the event, click here.

Information compiled from World Rowing news release.

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