Para rowing is for rowers with a disability who meet the criteria set out in the C.R.A.S.H.B. Para Rowing Classification Definitions and Regulations (see below). Para implies that the equipment is adapted to the user to practice the sport, rather than the sport being adapted to the user. Rowers may compete in a more functional sport class than their assigned sport class, but not a less functional sport class.
All para races (other than FES) are 2,000 meters, matching the on the water para standard distance.
C.R.A.S.H.-B. Para Rowing Classification Definitions and Regulations
Arms-Shoulders (PR1)- This class is for rowers who have minimal trunk function (i.e. Shoulder function only). A PR1 class rower is able to apply force predominantly using the arms and/or shoulders. These athletes will likely also have poor sitting balance. In addition, these athletes are not able to use the sliding seat to propel the boat because of significantly weakened function or mobility of the lower limbs.
Trunk –Arms (PR2)- This class is for rowers who have functional use of the trunk and who are not able to use the sliding seat to propel the boat because of significantly weakened function or mobility of the lower limbs.
Athletes requiring the use of fixed seats should plan on erg adaptation prior to race day if possible.
Legs-Trunk-Arms (PR3)- This class is for rowers who have functional use of their leg(s), trunk and arm(s) for rowing and who can utilize the sliding seat. This category includes:
- PR3-P- physically disabled
- PR3-AK- above the knee amputee
- PR3-V- (1,2,3) visually impaired
- PR3-I- intellectually disabled
Race Day Information