2013 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
July 4, 2013
Race fees covered by the club
North Allegheny Indoor Championship
March 2, 2013
Race fees covered by the club.
August 17, 2013
Race fees & transportation covered by the club. Help with hotel expenses can be discussed, but is not guaranteed.
Cleveland Dragon Boat Race
September 14, 2013
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
October 5, 2013
Race fees covered by the club.
Head of the Charles
October 20, 2013
Race fees covered by the club. Help with hotel and travel expenses can be discussed, but is not guaranteed.
Free Learn-to-Row/Paddle Events
Sunday 6/2/13 11:30am-1:30pm Mobility Impaired Learn to Row/Paddle at Washington’s Landing
Saturday 6/8/13 1:30pm-3:30pm ABOARD Autism Connection Learn to Row/Paddle at Millvale
Sunday 8/3/13 2:00pm-4:00pm Adaptive Learn to Row/Paddle at Millvale
*If you want to set up a one-day event for your organization, group, camp please contact Joy Nix, Director of Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.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:
- Helping adaptive rowers get in/out of the boats
- Rowing as a guide to lead blind athletes in singles/doubles for practices/races
- Bowing boats with an adaptive athlete for practices/races
- Sitting next to an adaptive paddler to provide instruction/hand-over-hand instruction as needed.
- Helping provide coaching for athletes on the water, on land and indoors
- Talking to families while athletes are on the water training
- Carrying equipment to/from the docks
- Providing logistical support on the docks and at regattas
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 20 & 21, 2013. July 20th is for coaches, doctors and physical therapists interested in gaining certifying status in the US. July 21st 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 email@example.com
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.