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2014 Adaptive Rowing & Paddling

Three Rivers Rowing Adaptive Programs offer athletes age 12+ with disabilities (VI – visually impaired, PD – physical disabilities, ID – intellectual disabilities,  HIP – hearing impaired persons) the chance to enjoy the fun, challenge, and relaxation experienced by all who have been "hooked" by the sports of rowing and paddling. The program location, on the Allegheny River near downtown Pittsburgh, also affords participants and volunteers the opportunity to explore the revitalized waterways and shoreline of our beautiful city. 

Practices for the team are in June, July and August.
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm - Rowing at Washington’s Landing Boathouse
Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm - Rowing at Washington’s Landing Boathouse (Emphasis on TA/AS 1x/2x training)
Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm - Rowing at Washington’s Landing Boathouse
Saturday 11:00am-1:00pm - Dragon Boating at Millvale Boathouse
Sundays 9:15-11:00am - Rowing at Washington’s Landing Boathouse (Emphasis on 4+ training)
Sundays, as scheduled - Outrigger Canoeing at Millvale Boathouse

You can see the Adaptive Google Calendar of Events here

Those who wish to join TRRA's competitive adaptive and VI programs are encouraged to practice twice per week. Our elite rowers have won numerous titles in regional, national, and international competition. TRRA's adaptive team competes against other adaptive teams from across the country and around the world at annual races like The Bayada Regatta in Philadelphia, the Henley Regatta in St. Catherine's Ontario, and Pittsburgh's own fall classic Head of the Ohio. For 2013, we plan to attend the following races:

Three Rivers Regatta Dragon Boat Races
Pittsburgh, PA
July 4, 2014
Race fees covered by the club

North Allegheny Indoor Championship
March 1, 2014
Race fees covered by the club.
https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/index.jsp?section=overview&job_id=2666

Bayada Regatta
Philadelphia, PA
August 16, 2014
Race fees & transportation covered by the club. Help with hotel expenses can be discussed, but is not guaranteed.
http://www.bayada.com/regatta

Cleveland Dragon Boat Race
Cleveland, OH
September 13, 2014
Race fees covered by the club. We will help arrange transportation/carpooling. Hotel expenses are not covered should athletes want to stay overnight.

Head of the Ohio
Pittsburgh, PA
October 4, 2014
Race fees covered by the club.
http://www.headoftheohio.org

Head of the Charles
Boston, MA
October 19, 2014
Race fees covered by the club. Help with hotel and travel expenses can be discussed, but is not guaranteed.
http://www.hocr.org

Free Learn-to-Row/Paddle Events
Saturday 6/7/14 1:30pm-3:30pm ABOARD Autism Connection Learn to Row/Paddle at Millvale
Sunday 6/8/14 11:30am-1:30pm Mobility Impaired Learn to Row/Paddle at Washington’s Landing
*If you want to set up a one-day event for your organization, group, camp please contact Joy Nix, Director of Outreach at joynix@threeriversrowing.org

Interested in Volunteering?
Volunteers continue to serve as the backbone of our Adaptive Programs.  These men and women help in various ways including, but not limited to:

To get involved fill out this online volunteer registration form
Also, join our volunteer google group to receive volunteer-related emails

Rowing Classifications:
1) Legs, Trunk, Arms (LTA), for athletes who are able to use at least one leg, their trunk, and their arms, and for those with visual impairments or cognitive impairments.  LTA athletes typically row in standard sculling or sweep shells with sliding seats, with the option of adding pontoons for extra stability. The LTA Mixed 4+ is the focus in this category for international competition.
2) Intellectual Disabilities (ID), for athletes who meet the eligibility criteria established by the International Sports Federation for Persons with an Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID) and have completed the athlete eligibility application and have been issued with a INAS-FID Athletes Card.  The ID Mixed 4+ is the focus in this category for international competition.
3) Trunk and Arms (TA), for athletes who are able to use only their trunk muscles.  The shells used by these athletes generally have fixed seats and pontoons for added stability, and sculling is most common. The TA Mixed 2x is the focus in this category for international competition.
4) Arms and Shoulders (AS), for athletes with limited trunk control.  The shells these athletes row have fixed seats and pontoons for stability, and the rower is strapped to the fixed seat both at the waist and at the upper chest level, to allow only shoulder and arm movements. The AS1x for men and women is the focus in this category for international competition.

*NOTE: We will be holding a classification workshop July 19 & 20, 2014. July 19th is for coaches, doctors and physical therapists interested in gaining certifying status in the US. July 20th will give local athletes a chance to get nationally certified. If you are interested in being involved with any of these events please contact Joy Nix, Director of Outreach at joynix@threeriversrowing.org

Link to Adaptive Rowing Video

Adaptive Paddling Classifications: Paddling classification is to allow for competition against other teams or individual athletes with a comparable number of points as determined by evaluation of functional ability specific to the sport. Utilization of a classification system allows athletes from the following five different disability groups in the Paralympic movement: 1) Amputation and other limb impairments - athletes in this group have at least one major joint or part of a limb missing (i.e. elbow, wrist, knee, ankle) or functional impairment equivalent to amputation 2) Cerebral palsy - athletes in this group have impaired coordination and muscle tone. This group includes those with cerebral palsy, in addition to stroke, head injury, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Fredrich's Ataxia and several others 3) Visual Impairment - this group includes athletes with any condition that impairs their vision 4) Spinal Cord Injuries - athletes with acquired spinal cord injury, spina bifia 5) Les Autres - a group which includes all those that do not fit into the aforementioned groups.

Link to Adaptive Paddling Video

Who can participate?

Age:

10 years and above

Skill Level:

Novice to Elite

When is it?

 

Location:

Lambert Boathouse on

Washington's Landing

Time:

Rowing:
Tuesday 6 to 8pm

Thursday 6 to 8pm

Sunday 9:15 to 11am

Paddling/Dragon Boating:
Saturday 11 to 1:00

Season Cost:

For those requesting financial assistance, a limited number of scholarships as well as volunteer discount credits are available

Military veterans will enjoy a 50% discount - please inform Joy Nix at the time of registering.

Non-Competitive
$80* for once a week

Competitive
$90* for once a week

$135* for twice a week


$180* for twice a week & Paddling/Dragon Boating

*These programs are free to annual Boat & Facility members

Sign Up!

If you prefer to register by phone or mail, please call Joy Nix, Director of Adaptive Programs, at (412) 298-2315

If you have specific questions about adaptive paddling, please contact the paddling coach Judy Defeo at paddlehomejd@gmail.com or call her directly at (412) 874-3299

Non-Competitive Registration

Once a week

Competitive Registration

Once a week
Twice a week
Twice a week plus Paddling